WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
sub•tle•ty /ˈsʌtəlti/USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ties.
  • [uncountable] the quality or state of being subtle:Such subtlety is not his usual way of acting.
  • [countable] something subtle, as a fine point or detail not easy to see or understand:I couldn't grasp the subtleties involved in his discussion.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    subtlety /ˈsʌtəltɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
    1. the state or quality of being subtle; delicacy
    2. a fine distinction or the ability to make such a distinction
    3. something subtle



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