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used in The Great Gatsby

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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)
  • I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all — Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
    p. 176.4
subtly = not obvious (perhaps depending upon little understood distinctions)
  • But I can still read the gray names, and they will give you a better impression than my generalities of those who accepted Gatsby's hospitality and paid him the subtle tribute of knowing nothing whatever about him.
    p. 61.8
subtle = not obvious, but understandable by someone with relevant knowledge
There are no more uses of "subtle" in The Great Gatsby.

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