the state or quality of being subtle.
delicacy or nicety of character or meaning.
acuteness or penetration of mind; delicacy of discrimination.
a fine-drawn distinction; refinement of reasoning: the subtleties of logic.
History/Historical. an elaborate confection, ornate in construction and ornamentation, sometimes edible but more often made and used as a decoration for a table or buffet.
- hy·per·sub·tle·ty, noun
- non·sub·tle·ty, noun, plural non·sub·tle·ties.
- o·ver·sub·tle·ty, noun, plural o·ver·sub·tle·ties.
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How to use subtlety in a sentence
An overwhelming amount of subtleties and implications were going over my head.
It also seemed that Biden had a good grasp of the subtleties of Iraqi politics.
The apps, which Badasyan decries, have their own subtleties.
This style of woodfire cooking is prone to sudden fluctuations in temperature due to the subtleties and different sizes of wood.
Such subtleties are lost, of course, on university administrations largely appointed by the government in the Mubarak era.
It was right that Liosha should be made aware of the emotional subtleties that underlay the bare facts.Jaffery | William J. Locke
It is not possible to trace it out in the subtleties with which theologians have surrounded it as a dogma.The Myths of the New World | Daniel G. Brinton
The subtleties of the trail sharpen both physical and mental sensibility.Average Jones | Samuel Hopkins Adams
Now laying aside conjecture and the subtleties of language, suppose we consult plain matter of fact?
Others may deem the knotted subtleties of black-letter a sorry recompense for the "wild crash and tumult of the fray."The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II) | Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for subtlety
the state or quality of being subtle; delicacy
a fine distinction or the ability to make such a distinction
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