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used in To Kill a Mockingbird

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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)
  • Until my father explained it to me later, I did not understand the subtlety of Tom's predicament: he would not have dared strike a white woman under any circumstances and expect to live long, so he took the first opportunity to run— a sure sign of guilt.
    p. 260.9
subtlety = non-obvious nature
  • I was beginning to notice a subtle change in my father these days, that came out when he talked with Aunt Alexandra.
    p. 209.8
subtle = slightly noticeable
There are no more uses of "subtle" in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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