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subtle
used in Babbitt

4 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
Definition
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)
  • With the subtleties of dressing ran other complex worries.
    Chapter 1 (75% in)
  • He did not confuse audiences by silly subtleties; Prout represented honest industry, Seneca Doane represented whining laziness, and you could take your choice.
    Chapter 14 (7% in)

There are no more uses of "subtle" flagged with this meaning in Babbitt.

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exact meaning not specified
  • At home he was interested only when he was asked to trace some subtle ill in the ignition system of the car.
    Chapter 18 (7% in)
  • "The whole thing is," he explained to Paul Riesling, "these old codgers lack the subtlety that you got to have to-day."
    Chapter 6 (8% in)

There are no more uses of "subtle" in Babbitt.

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