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subtle
used in Main Street

3 uses
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1  —1 use 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)
  • Rather testy, tired of so many subtleties, he complained, "Well, I'll do what I can, but I'll have to wait till the board meets."
    Chapter 32 (80% in)

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

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  • She alternately considered ways of leaving Kennicott, and remembered his virtues, pitied his bewilderment in face of the subtle corroding sicknesses which he could not dose nor cut out.
    Chapter 31 (82% in)
  • The only trouble with 'The Girl from Kankakee' is that it's too subtle for Gopher Prairie!"
    Chapter 18 (64% in)

There are no more uses of "subtle" in Main Street.

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