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light touch

1. A delicate, careful, or sensitive approach to dealing with something. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. This is a particularly volatile situation, so it will require a light touch to avoid becoming a public scandal. The president said that he wanted to introduced light-touch regulation that freed up companies to innovate, but still protected consumers at a base level.
2. A relaxed, humorous, or easygoing way of doing or approaching something. The director handles the heavier themes of the film with a light touch. The actress brought a much-needed light touch to the ceremony.
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a light ˈtouch

the ability to deal with something in a delicate and relaxed way: She handles this difficult subject with a light touch. OPPOSITE: heavy hand
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Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- By adding electronics and computation technology to a simple cane that has been around since ancient times, researchers have transformed it into a 21st century robotic device that can provide light-touch assistance in walking to the aged and others with impaired mobility.
In the study, 222 people with knee OA received weekly hourlong whole-body massage or light-touch treatments for eight weeks or received no extra care besides their usual regimen.
Patients were randomly divided into three groups: those who received a one-hour, weekly Swedish massage for eight weeks; those who received a light-touch control treatment; and those who received no extra care other than their usual regimen.
We have previously developed a system that utilized light-touch biofeedback delivered to the hand by a Phantom Omni[R] device for balance training [28].
President, for more than two decades, under both Republican and Democratic Presidents, and Republican and Democratic Congresses, the United States pursued a bipartisan light-touch approach to internet regulation.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai released the following statement on his draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which was circulated to his fellow Commissioners and will be voted on at the FCC's Open Meeting on December 14: "For almost twenty years, the Internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress...But in 2015, the prior FCC bowed to pressure from President Obama.
Sprint's CTO, Stephen Bye, has said that a light-touch of Title II regulation would not harm the investment plans of telcos when it comes to broadband.
Light-touch regulation has once again been found wanting.
"Sadly the greatest threats to our free society are too often from enemies within" - Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of Rupert Murdoch, calling for "the fierce protection of a free press and light-touch media regulation.'' "You know you are an old fogey when you try to open a car park barrier with a dry-cleaning ticket" - Former model Jilly Johnson, now 58.
POOR management decisions and the last Labour government's light-touch regulatory regime were key factors in the near-collapse of Royal Bank of Scotland, according to a long-awaited report by the City watchdog.
Offering standard freezer protection down to -20[degrees]F, the Class III line of AC-powered RPX walkie/rider pallet trucks are equipped with oversized, light-touch buttons on the control handle and a wide steerhead for easier operation when wearing large work gloves.
EU finance ministers have welcomed the European Commission's "paradigm shift" in derivatives regulation, calling for a less light-touch approach.
These light-touch forces reduce mechanical stresses and possible damage to the PCB solder joints.
A relatively light-touch regulatory environment was changing, he said.
Anver's Light-Touch Vacuum System Components feature soft, food-grade, bellows-style silicone cups and adjustable suspensions to gently pick up foil-wrapped products and place them into boxes.