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Meaning & Definition of Subtle in English

English

Subtle

/sətəl/

adjective

1. Difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

  • "His whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"
  • "A subtle difference"
  • "That elusive thing the soul"
    synonym:
  • elusive
  • ,
  • subtle

2. Able to make fine distinctions

  • "A subtle mind"
    synonym:
  • subtle

3. Working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

  • "Glaucoma is an insidious disease"
  • "A subtle poison"
    synonym:
  • insidious
  • ,
  • pernicious
  • ,
  • subtle

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There is a subtle difference between the two words.