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— as in: a subtle poison
She is working
working in an indirect or hidden way
— as in: a subtle shade of blue
, but unmistakable warning
understated so as not to draw attention to itself
— as in: a subtle difference or thinker
reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
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)
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