adjective, sub·tler, sub·tlest.
Origin of subtle
Examples from the Web for subtly
He subtly gestured toward the direction of the camera pointed at their house.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If there were ever a Chinese company that could subtly suggest a few changes in Chinese policy, Alibaba would be it.
But with the 2016 presidential season on the horizon, the Texas firebrand has subtly changed his tune over the last six months.
In an effort to cope with the implications of this question, Americans have subtly but sweepingly shifted their ideals.
Once a day, she says, a shuttle bus took them into town, dropping them not so subtly near the train station.Italy's Latest Export Is Refugees, and the Rest of Europe Is Not Happy|Barbie Latza Nadeau|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That was the reason of the subtly appealing look which had puzzled her from her first meeting with this man!Lady Cassandra|Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Beth subtly conveyed the impression that on the contrary she thought it was dreadful.The Fighting Shepherdess |Caroline Lockhart
Every shift and twist is subtly adapted to his audience of Churchmen, and the gradation of his pleading no less subtly contrived.An Introduction to the Study of Browning|Arthur Symons
How subtly he proclaimed what she might expect in the future!The Salamander|Owen Johnson
The Princess had a peculiar pleasure in learning such things and would often subtly misapply them in order to be corrected.Patsy|S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for subtly
Word Origin for subtle
Word Origin and History for subtly
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.