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subtle

[ suht-l ]
/ ˈsʌt l /
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adjective, sub·tler, sub·tlest.
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Origin of subtle

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English sotil, from Old French, from Latin subtīlis “subtile” (the b of modern spelling is from Latin ); see subtile

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British Dictionary definitions for subtle

subtle
/ (ˈsʌtəl) /

adjective

Derived forms of subtle

subtleness, nounsubtly, adverb

Word Origin for subtle

C14: from Old French soutil, from Latin subtīlis finely woven
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