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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.


Synonymsniceness


Broader (hypernym)difficultness, difficulty









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