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  • In addition to your good right arm, you have your subtle brain.
  • She took children too hard, both for good and for evil, and had an oppressive air of expecting subtle things of them, so that going to see her was a good deal like being taken to church and made to sit in a front pew.

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  • It was not remarkable that a person of so much subtlety should have discovered that Catherine had been shut up with the Doctor.
  • Such a saying as that was a part of his great subtlety—men so clever as he might say anything and mean anything.

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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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