She has a good eye for subtle differences in color.
a subtle elegance
It’s a simple sleeveless shift dress with a very subtle scoop neck and a slight A-line skirt that hits just barely above my knee.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
It was easy enough to find the action—two hundred–odd kids gathered around a raging bonfire to eat wasn’t exactly subtle.
Alexandra Bracken -- The Darkest Minds
He still didn’t say anything, but he smiled and exhaled a subtle laugh, holding out a closed fist.
John Corey Whaley -- Nogin
A subtle yet familiar fragrance filled my head.
Dave Pelzer -- The Lost Boy
It must needs be of subtle, tender, and delicate temperance.
William Shakespeare -- The Tempest
Charlie, in an obvious maneuver that he meant to be subtle, shrugged in between us and put his arm around my shoulders.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
"Ouch," I said, trying to be subtle in taking a glance at my watch: five minutes had passed.
Sarah Dessen -- Dreamland
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It is not bad—at first, and very gentle, but quite the subtlest, most enduring odor I ever met.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- The Yellow Wallpaper
The river slid by in a body, utterly silent and swift, intertwining among itself like some subtle, complex creature.
D.H. Lawrence -- Sons and Lovers
There remain, however, two ways of producing the play. One, with a constant subtle adjustment of lights and sound effects; and one through a still bolder acknowledgment of artifice and make-believe: the rooster’s crow, the train and factory whistles and school bells frankly man-made and in the spirit of "play."
Thornton Wilder -- Our Town
"I never was very good at being subtle," he said, "so I will come right out and say it: ..."
Darren Shan -- A Vampire’s Assistant
And we ourselves become somehow not ourselves, but we turn subtler, weirder, less attached to our bodies, less attached to our names.
David Almond -- Clay
I pulled into an open spot and looked up at a tastefully subtle sign that read JASON SCOTT, ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
I stare them down for a few more seconds, debating whether to unleash the smile all at once or just let it subtly drift across my face, when I’m interrupted by a voice behind me.
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)
capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)