subtile

[ suht-l, suhb-til ]
/ ˈsʌt l, ˈsʌb tɪl /

adjective, sub·til·er, sub·til·est.


Nearby words

  1. subthalamic nucleus,
  2. subthalamus,
  3. subtherapeutic,
  4. subthreshold,
  5. subthreshold stimulus,
  6. subtilely,
  7. subtilisin,
  8. subtility,
  9. subtilize,
  10. subtilty

Origin of subtile

1325–75; Middle English < Latin subtīlis fine (orig. of fabric), equivalent to sub- sub- + -tīlis, akin to tēla cloth on a loom, loom (< *tekslā, derivative of texere to weave; see text)

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British Dictionary definitions for subtile

subtile

/ (ˈsʌtəl) /

adjective

a rare spelling of subtle
Derived Formssubtilely, adverbsubtility (sʌbˈtɪlɪtɪ) or subtileness, nounsubtilty, noun

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Word Origin and History for subtile

subtile

adj.

late 14c., "clever, dexterous," from Old French subtil (14c.), from Latin subtilis "fine, thin, delicate" (see subtle). A Latinized refashioning of the French source of subtle.

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