from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or state of being subtle.
- n. Something subtle, especially a nicety of thought or a fine distinction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality or fact of being subtle.
- n. An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction.
- n. An ornate medieval illusion dish or table decoration, especially when made from one thing but crafted to look like another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being subtle, or sly; cunning; craftiness; artfulness.
- n. Nice discernment with delicacy of mental action; nicety of discrimination.
- n. Something that is sly, crafty, or delusive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as subtilty, 1.
- n. Acuteness of intellect; delicacy of discrimination or penetration; intellectual activity; subtility.
- n. Same as subtilty, 2.
- n. Slyness; artifice; cunning; craft; stratagem; craftiness; artfulness; wiliness.
- n. Also subtilty.
- n. That which is subtle or subtile. Also subtilty.
- n. That which is intellectually acute or nicely discriminating.
- n. That which is of false appearance; a deception; an illusion.
- n. Same as subtilty, 6.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze
- n. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
From Old French sutilté, from Latin subtīlitās, from subtīlis ("subtle"). (Wiktionary)