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adjective subtle pronunciation in British English /ˈsʌt(ə)l/
  1. 1
    not obvious, and therefore difficult to notice

    a subtle scent of lilacs

    I detected a subtle change in his attitude towards 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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subtly

adverb

The two prints are subtly different.

He subtly mentioned his sister was looking for a job.

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