Definitions for subtletyˈsʌt l ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•tle•tyˈsʌt l ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the state or quality of being subtle.

  2. acuteness or penetration of mind; delicacy of discrimination.

  3. a fine-drawn distinction; refinement of reasoning.

  4. something subtle.

Origin of subtlety:

1300–50; < OF sutilte < L subtīlitās; see subtile , -ity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, refinement(noun)

    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

    "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"

  2. subtlety, niceness(noun)

    the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze

    "you had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. subtlety(noun)ˈsʌt l ti

    the quality of being subtle

    the subtlety of his reasoning; color used with subtlety

  2. subtletyˈsʌt l ti

    a small detail, not easily noticed

    people who do not understand the subtleties of baseball

Wiktionary

  1. subtlety(Noun)

    The quality or fact of being subtle.

    With all his usual subtlety, he quietly fixed the problem before anyone else noticed it.

  2. subtlety(Noun)

    An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction.

    The subtleties of this overture are often overlooked.

  3. subtlety(Noun)

    An ornate medieval illusion dish or table decoration, especially when made from one thing but crafted to look like another.

    At the king's coronation feast, several subtleties were served between main courses.

  4. Origin: From sutilté, from subtilitas, from subtilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subtlety(noun)

    the quality or state of being subtle, or sly; cunning; craftiness; artfulness

  2. Subtlety(noun)

    nice discernment with delicacy of mental action; nicety of discrimination

  3. Subtlety(noun)

    something that is sly, crafty, or delusive


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