WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.
  • something subtle, as a fine point or detail not easy to see or understand[countable]I couldn't grasp the subtleties involved in his discussion.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    sub•tle•ty  (sutl tē), 
    n., pl. -ties. 
    1. the state or quality of being subtle.
    2. delicacy or nicety of character or meaning.
    3. acuteness or penetration of mind;
      delicacy of discrimination.
    4. a fine-drawn distinction;
      refinement of reasoning:the subtleties of logic.
    5. something subtle.
    6. World History[Hist.]an elaborate confection, ornate in construction and ornamentation, sometimes edible but more often made and used as a decoration for a table or buffet.
    • Latin subtīlitāt- (stem of subtīlitās) fineness, equivalent. to subtīli(s) subtile + -tāt- -ty2
    • Old French sutilte
    • Middle English subtelte, sutilte 1300–50

    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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