refinement

[ri-fahyn-muhnt]
noun
1.
fineness or elegance of feeling, taste, manners, language, etc.
2.
an instance of refined feeling, manners, etc.
3.
the act or process of refining.
4.
the quality or state of being refined.
5.
a subtle point or distinction.
6.
subtle reasoning.
7.
an improved, higher, or extreme form of something: a refinement of the old system.
8.
Mathematics. a set whose elements include the elements of a given set.

Origin:
1605–15; refine + -ment

nonrefinement, noun
prerefinement, noun
self-refinement, noun
superrefinement, noun
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refinement (rɪˈfaɪnmənt)
 
n
1.  the act of refining or the state of being refined
2.  a fine or delicate point, distinction, or expression; a subtlety
3.  fineness or precision of thought, expression, manners, etc; polish or cultivation
4.  a device, change, adaptation, etc, designed to improve performance or increase efficiency

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Example sentences
The message was of utter refinement that, even in the parade of long gowns,
  kept a supple and personal elegance.
There is no limitation in the spectrum of sound waves, only in the refinement
  of the human ear.
But first refinement of our consciousness is imperative.
Likewise, the way some of the dinosaurs moved could use a little more
  refinement.
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