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definition of the word subtle

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Old English sotil, subtil, Old French soutil, later subtil, French subtil, Latin subtilis (fine, thin, slender, delicate); probably, originally, “woven fine”, and from sub (under) + tela (a web), from texere (to weave).

subtle (comparative subtler, superlative subtlest)

Positive
subtle

Comparative
subtler

Superlative
subtlest

  1. Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
    The difference is subtle, but you can hear it if you listen carefully.
  2. (of a thing) Cleverly contrived.
  3. (of a person or animal) Cunning, skillful.
  4. insidious


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