adjective, sub·tler, sub·tlest.
Origin of subtle
Synonyms for subtle
Examples from the Web for subtleness
Historical Examples of subtleness
The charm of woman, too, lies partly in her subtleness in matters of love.A Pair of Blue Eyes
He only knew the ethics of the deed was shaded with the subtleness of villainy.The Blind Spot
He speaks, as well he might, of the inconstancy and subtleness of the people with whom we deal.The Mystery of Mary Stuart
It nettled him to be put on the defensive, his subtleness openly contemned.Thirty
Howard Vincent O'Brien
He met the glance with a slow grin which had in it a quality of that subtleness she had noticed in him before.'Drag' Harlan
Charles Alden Seltzer
Word Origin for subtle
c.1300, sutel, soutil, in reference to things, "of thin consistency;" in reference to craftsmen, "skilled, clever," from Old French soutil, from Latin subtilis "fine, thin, delicate, finely woven," from sub "under" (see sub-) + -tilis, from tela "web" and texere "to weave" (see texture). The spelling with -b- reflects confusion with subtile. Most non-material senses were present by late 14c.