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English noun: subtlety

1. subtlety (communication) a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

SamplesWithout understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor.
Don't argue about shades of meaning.

Synonymsnicety, nuance, refinement, shade

Broader (hypernym)import, meaning, significance, signification

2. subtlety (attribute) the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze

SamplesYou had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew.


Broader (hypernym)difficultness, difficulty

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