subtle

[ suht-l ]
/ ˈsʌt l /

adjective, sub·tler, sub·tlest.

Origin of subtle

1250–1300; Middle English sotil < Old French < Latin subtīlis subtile (b of modern spelling < L)

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subtle

/ (ˈsʌtəl) /

adjective

Derived Forms

subtleness, nounsubtly, adverb

Word Origin for subtle

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