adjective, sub·til·er, sub·til·est.
Origin of subtile
Related Words for subtilelimited, unusual, singular, uncommon, occasional, extraordinary, strange, unlikely, subtle, scarce, unique, unthinkable, wispy, slim, flimsy, delicate, translucent, paper-thin, sheer, slight
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Historical Examples of subtile
What subtile questions are cleared up by them in a very short time!The Phantom World
A wordless question is asked, a subtile understanding is vouchsafed.Floyd Grandon's Honor
Amanda Minnie Douglas
This we may confirm by a reflection, which to some will, perhaps, appear too subtile and refined.A Treatise of Human Nature
His reason is dispersed and shadowy, more thin and subtile, like the air.The Maine Woods
Henry David Thoreau
That which is the subtile essence, in it all that exists has itself.Indian Myth and Legend
Donald Alexander Mackenzie
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.