from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective So slight as to be difficult to detect or describe; elusive.
- adjective Difficult to understand; abstruse.
- adjective Able to make fine distinctions.
- adjective Operating in a hidden, usually injurious way; insidious.
- adjective Characterized by skill or ingenuity; clever.
- adjective Crafty or sly; devious.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Same as
- Same as
- Sly; insinuating; artful; cunning; crafty; deceitful; treacherous: as, a subtle adversary; a subtle scheme. Also
- Cunningly devised; artfully contrived or handled; ingenious; clever: as, a subtle stratagem. Also
- Characterized by acuteness and penetration of mind; sagacious; discerning; discriminating; shrewd; quick-witted: as, a subtle understanding; subtle penetration or insight. Also
- Made carefully level; smooth; even.
- Ingenious; skilful; clever; handy: as, a subtle operator. Also
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Sly in design; artful; cunning; insinuating; subtile; -- applied to persons.
- adjective Cunningly devised; crafty; treacherous.
- adjective Characterized by refinement and niceness in drawing distinctions; nicely discriminating; -- said of persons; ; refined; tenuous; sinuous; insinuating; hence, penetrative or pervasive; -- said of the mind; its faculties, or its operations; ; also, difficult of apprehension; elusive.
- adjective obsolete Smooth and deceptive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Hard to grasp; not
obviousor easily understood; barelynoticeable.
- adjective of a thing
- adjective of a person or animal
Tenuous; rarefied; of low densityor thin consistency.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective able to make fine distinctions
- adjective difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
- adjective working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
In his report to the Security Council, Moreno-Ocampo said hundreds of civilians were killed during the last six months in Darfur, while thousands more were forcefully displaced and more than 2.5 million people are suffering what he called a subtle form of genocide through rape and fear.
But what they like most, Ms. Gary suspects, is that almost all ropes have been removed from rooms in the mansion, eliminating what she describes as a subtle but powerful negative.
I am really talking about two intertwined strands--which I referred to as the subtle/subversive body earlier.
Archive 2007-08-01 2007
GUPTA: Gregory O'Gara says when his kids are out of control, he sometimes uses what he calls a subtle smack or a whack.
We heard the defense lawyers in this particular case make a case for the state here having what they call a subtle case here.
Never before in all my life had I heard a boy use the word subtle.
The View from Saturday E. L. Konigsburg 1996
It was not that when she tried to be what she called subtle (for wasn't Limbert subtle, and wasn't I?) her fond consumers, bless them, didn't suspect the trick nor show what they thought of it: they straightway rose on the contrary to the morsel she had hoped to hold too high, and, making but a big, cheerful bite of it, wagged their great collective tail artlessly for more.
Embarrassments Henry James 1879
I imagine in subtle ways, the race/cultural background shows up.
I think that “the five” nudged the “humans” who they were in subtle ways toward some desired ends.
I'm not attributing any of these intentions to you, but only here making the point that very often the worst bias-ism comes in subtle packages that most of us just swallow hook, line, and sinker, often in the guish of political correctness.