nu·​anced ˈnü-ˌän(t)st How to pronounce nuanced (audio)
: having nuances : having or characterized by subtle and often appealingly complex qualities, aspects, or distinctions (as in character or tone)
a nuanced performance
Whenever the movie focusses on Van Doren and Goodwin and Stempel, it treats them as nuanced human beings. But other characters in the film … are sketched less fully.Ken Auletta
And in this rare instance, the family-friendly franchise isn't a bland, pabulum compromise but a more inspired, nuanced alternative.Mike Flaherty
This more psychologically nuanced self-examination requires that we honestly challenge our beliefs and summon the courage to act on that information, which may lead to fresh ways of thinking about our lives and our goals.Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield

Examples of nuanced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This nuanced finding suggests that the benefits of synesthesia are not universally applied but are intricately tied to the specific type of synesthetic experience an individual possesses. Mark Travers, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Both doc features were nuanced studies of the impact of Chicago school of Neoliberal thought on standard economic policy in Augusto Pinochet’s Chile. John Hopewell, Variety, 27 Nov. 2023 Dressed in sparkling silver trousers accented by a white blazer that was adorned by a long sheer train in the back, Long delivered a nuanced performance of her latest single. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 27 Nov. 2023 But the full history is highly nuanced, with several important factors at play. Ruth Umoh, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 The debate over the merits of a prosthetic schnoz, or whether non-Jewish actors should play Jewish characters, won’t be settled here (although film writer Mark Harris came as close as anyone has in a recent, supremely nuanced Slate essay). Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Like most campaigns, both sides likely will rely on simple messages over more nuanced realities. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 At its fall hardware event, Amazon showed its latest Fire TV OS features, including more nuanced, conversational voice search (powered by AI) and a continue watching row that aggregates content from numerous streaming services. Chris Welch, The Verge, 14 Nov. 2023 That variety and specificity is unparalleled in the category and makes this an extremely nuanced tool. By sunset, Sunset Magazine, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


nuance + -ed entry 1

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nuanced was in 1881

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“Nuanced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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