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noun sub·tle·ty \ˈsə-təl-tē\

: the quality or state of being subtle

: a small detail that is usually important but not obvious

plural sub·tle·ties

Full Definition of SUBTLETY

:  the quality or state of being subtle
:  something subtle

Examples of SUBTLETY

  1. The pianist performed with subtlety and passion.
  2. <we appreciated the subtlety with which our host indicated that it was time to leave: he volunteered to pack us a little lunch for the road>

Origin of SUBTLETY

Middle English sotilte, subtilte, from Anglo-French sotilté, from Latin subtilitat-, subtilitas, from subtilis
First Known Use: 14th century


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