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 Dictionary entry overview: What does subtlety mean? 

  The noun SUBTLETY has 2 senses:

1. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
2. the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze

  Familiarity information: SUBTLETY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


nuance; subtlety; nicety; refinement; shade

Context examples:

without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor / don't argue about shades of meaning

Hypernyms ("subtlety" is a kind of...):

import; meaning; significance; signification (the message that is intended or expressed or signified)

Sense 2subtlety [BACK TO TOP]


The quality of being difficult to detect or analyze

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


subtlety; niceness

Context example:

you had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew

Hypernyms ("subtlety" is a kind of...):

difficultness; difficulty (the quality of being difficult)

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