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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.
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  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
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  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.
  4. 4
    delicate and complicated in an attractive way
    intricate and subtle patterns

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The two prints are subtly different.
He subtly mentioned his sister was looking for a job.


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the buying and selling of human organs

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