1) ADJ-GRADED Someone or something that is graceful moves in a smooth and controlled way which is attractive to watch.

His movements were so graceful they seemed effortless.

...graceful ballerinas.

Derived words:
gracefully ADV-GRADED ADV with v

She stepped gracefully onto the stage.

2) ADJ-GRADED Something that is graceful is attractive because it has a pleasing shape or style.

A graceful medieval cathedral...

His handwriting, from earliest young manhood, was flowing and graceful.

Derived words:
gracefully ADV ADV adj/-ed

She loved the gracefully high ceiling, with its white-painted cornice.

3) ADJ-GRADED If a person's behaviour is graceful, it is polite, kind, and pleasant, especially in a difficult situation.

Aubrey could think of no graceful way to escape Corbet's company...

He was charming, cheerful, and graceful under pressure.

Derived words:
gracefully ADV-GRADED ADV with v

We managed to decline gracefully.

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