[suht-l-tee, suhb-til-]

noun, plural sub·til·ties. Archaic.

Also sub·til·i·ty [suhb-til-i-tee] /sʌbˈtɪl ɪ ti/.
Related formsnon·sub·til·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for subtility

Historical Examples of subtility

  • To which David made answer, "My own wisdom and subtility; for verily I fear neither thee nor thy servants."

  • They drink light, which is sufficient to give to their bodies marvellous strength and subtility.

    The Queen Pedauque

    Anatole France

  • Such a subtility is a dear proof of the falshood, as the contrary simplicity of the truth, of any system.

  • In a word, the pieces on the strategical chess-board want that mobility which is the element of stratagem and subtility.

    On War

    Carl von Clausewitz

  • Its mind was wholly bent upon cunning knowledge, subtility, and getting together a multitude of earthly things.

Word Origin and History for subtility

late 14c., alteration of subtlety on model of subtile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper