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 (sŭt′l, sŭb′təl)

[Middle English, from Old French subtil, from Latin subtīlis, fine, delicate; see subtle.]

sub′tile·ly adv.
sub·til′i·ty (səb-tĭl′ĭ-tē), sub′tile·ness (sŭt′l-nĭs, sŭb′təl-), sub′til·ty (sŭt′l-tē, sŭb′təl-) n.
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a rare spelling of subtle
ˈsubtilely adv
subtility, ˈsubtileness n
ˈsubtilty n
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(ˈsʌt l)

adj. -tler, -tlest.
1. thin, tenuous, or rarefied, as a fluid or an odor.
2. fine or delicate in meaning or intent; difficult to perceive or understand: subtle irony.
3. delicate or faint and mysterious: a subtle smile.
4. characterized by or requiring mental acuteness, penetration, or discernment.
5. cunning, wily, or crafty.
6. insidious in operation: a subtle poison.
7. skillful, clever, or ingenious.
[1250–1300; Middle English sotil < Old French < Latin subtīlis subtile]
sub′tle•ness, n.
sub′tly, adv.
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, subtle
a. sutil, delicado-a; inadvertido-a, desapercibido-a.
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This calorie idea is dreadful and unworkable in the world of adult food where menus change daily and ingredients can subtilely alter according to availability and chefs' whims.
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