Meaning of SUBTLETY in English

ˈsəd. ə ltē, ˈsət ə l-, - ə lti noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English sutilte, sotilte, from Old French sutilté, soutilleté, sutilitet, from Latin subtilitat-, subtilitas, from subtilis fine, subtle + -itat-, -itas -ity

1. : the quality or state of being subtle: as

a. : the quality of being tenuous, intangible, indefinable, abstruse, or remote

b. : mental acuteness or penetrativeness : the power or practice of drawing delicate distinctions ; also : the quality in a mental operation or its product that results from such power

2. : something that emanates from a subtle person or mind: as

a. : a fine-drawn or delicate distinction : a refinement of analysis, perception, or comprehension

avoid subtleties in a popular discussion

b. : an ingenious contrivance ; especially : a decorative and sometimes edible confection made in an ornamental design

c. : an instance of craft or guile

the subtleties of a twisted mind

3. : something that is subtle and especially tenuous, impalpable, or difficult to perceive or trace

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