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subtle
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The Tempest
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as in: a subtle shade of blue Define
understated so as not to draw attention to itself
  • It must needs be of subtle, tender, and delicate temperance.

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  • a subtle, but unmistakable warning
  • She has a good eye for subtle differences in color.

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as in: a subtle difference or thinker Define
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions) or: capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
  • You do yet taste
    Some subtleties o’ the isle, that will not let you
    Believe things certain.

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  • She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
  • She guessed which spices were used by their subtle aromas.

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unspecified meaning
  • Ay, and a subtle; as he most learnedly delivered.

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as in: a subtle poison Define
working in an indirect or hidden way
as in: a subtle shade of blue Define
understated so as not to draw attention to itself
as in: a subtle difference or thinker Define
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions) or: capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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