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adjective subtle pronunciation in American English /ˈsʌt(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    not obvious, and therefore difficult to notice
    a subtle scent of lilacs
    I detected a subtle change in his attitude toward us.
  2. 2
    indirect in a way that prevents people from noticing what you are trying to do
    He was being so subtle, I didn’t realize he liked me.
    subtle manipulation
  3. 3
    showing an ability to notice and understand small things that other people do not
    subtle observations
    It’s a subtle argument, but very convincing when you think about it.

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The two prints are subtly different.
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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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