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Definition of Subtle


  1. Sly in design; artful; cunning; insinuating; subtile; -- applied to persons; as, a subtle foe.
  2. Cunningly devised; crafty; treacherous; as, a subtle stratagem.
  3. Characterized by refinement and niceness in drawing distinctions; nicely discriminating; -- said of persons; as, a subtle logician; refined; tenuous; sinuous; insinuating; hence, penetrative or pervasive; -- said of the mind; its faculties, or its operations; as, a subtle intellect; a subtle imagination; a subtle process of thought; also, difficult of apprehension; elusive.
  4. Smooth and deceptive.
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Subtle Translations

subtle in Dutch is spitsvondig, subtiel, fijn
subtle in Finnish is hienon hieno
subtle in French is perspicace, subtil
subtle in German is fein, feinsinnig
subtle in Italian is astuto, perspicace
subtle in Spanish is perspicaz, sutil, ma ero