[ suht-l-lee, suht-lee ]
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  1. 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.

  2. in a way that shows or requires mental penetration or discernment: In the press, comment and analysis must be subtly distinguished from news.

  1. 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.

  2. in a wily or cunning way; craftily: Under the guise of journalistic objectivity, news programs subtly play on our emotions—chiefly on our fears.

Origin of subtly


Other words from subtly

  • non·sub·tly, adverb
  • o·ver·sub·tly, adverb
  • pseu·do·sub·tly, adverb
  • un·sub·tly, adverb

Words Nearby subtly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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