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English adjective: subtle

1. subtle difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

SamplesHis whole attitude had undergone a subtle change.
A subtle difference.
That elusive thing the soul.



Antonymspalpable, tangible

2. subtle able to make fine distinctions

SamplesA subtle mind.


Antonymsunperceiving, unperceptive

3. subtle working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

SamplesGlaucoma is an insidious disease.
A subtle poison.

Synonymsinsidious, pernicious



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