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subtle
used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

7 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)
  • No subtleties now.
    Part 4 (76% in)

There are no more uses of "subtle" flagged with this meaning in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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  • Had nature so subtly hidden zero that all the Greeks and all the Romans...millions of them...couldn't find it?
    Part 3 (34% in)
  • What it was that changed this conclusion, I don't remember — some intuition, some insight one day, perhaps it was a subtle change in Sylvia's mood whenever the dripping was particularly loud and she was trying to talk.
    Part 1 (15% in)
  • There is a classic esthetic which romantics often miss because of its subtlety.
    Part 1 (76% in)
  • Was Quality something that you "just see" or might it be something more subtle than that, so that you wouldn't see it at all immediately, but only after a long period of time?
    Part 3 (35% in)
  • He'd been prepared to decode messages of great subtlety, systems of great complexity in order to understand the deeper inner meaning of Aristotle, claimed by many to be the greatest philosopher of all time.
    Part 4 (37% in)
  • All this, which is simply Gorgias' description of what people called Sophists have tended to do, now becomes subtly rendered by Socrates' dialectic into something else.
    Part 4 (48% in)

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