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Adjective
Barely perceptible to the senses
“The colors of the petals, are almost indescribable, having all the subtle shades of pink and yellow, of white and light green, as well as blossoms that looked like speckles that are seen on some brook trout.”
Adjective
Done or made with, or characterized by, care and precision
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“She loves to draw with clean shapes and bold colors, infused with subtle textures to create playful designs.”
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(of a mixture or effect) Delicately complex and understated
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“By themselves, these genes had only subtle effects on the temporal pattern of egg-laying.”
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Capable of making fine distinctions
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“That was not an impossible ideal, but it did require a subtle mind to grasp it.”
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Crafty or cunning, especially in surreptitious behavior
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“The serpent, however, was as subtle and cunning as ever.”
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Expressing subtlety of a particular quality as opposed to intense
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Not clearly visible or attracting attention
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Not clearly expressed or easily understood
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Significantly below an amount or level that is adequate
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Having many parts or aspects that are usually interrelated and complex in nature
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Difficult or impossible to define or describe
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(of a joke or sense of humour) Subtle and expressed in a matter-of-fact way
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Characterized by or fond of small and overfine distinctions
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Requiring great skill or finesse in handling or treatment
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Pertaining to or characterized by ratiocination, discursive thinking, or inferential knowledge
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