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Etymology

From Old French sutilté, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] subtīlitās < subtīlis "subtle".

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
subtlety

Plural
subtlet

subtlety (subtlet)
  1. (uncountable) The quality or fact of being subtle.
    With all his usual subtlety, he quietly fixed the problem before anyone else noticed it.
  2. (countable) An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction.
    The subtleties of this overture are often overlooked.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.

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