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subtly

[ suht-l-lee, suht-lee ]
/ ˈsʌt l li, ˈsʌt li /
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adverb

in a way that is so fine or delicate as to be difficult to perceive: The vegetables tasted subtly of the grill, but each still held its own unique flavor.
in a way that shows or requires mental penetration or discernment: In the press, comment and analysis must be subtly distinguished from news.
in a way that shows highly refined skill; cleverly or ingeniously: He has developed his own style of playing the whistle and subtly incorporates features that evoke other traditional instruments.
in a wily or cunning way; craftily: Under the guise of journalistic objectivity, news programs subtly play on our emotions—chiefly on our fears.

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Origin of subtly

OTHER WORDS FROM subtly

non·sub·tly, adverbo·ver·sub·tly, adverbpseu·do·sub·tly, adverbun·sub·tly, adverb
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