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  • adj. comparative form of subtle: more subtle More subtle.


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  • Wagner is the most obvious vehicle for this sort of thing, but here's another example that works in subtler ways.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • They also regulate companies that kill people in subtler ways, through pollution for example.

    Think Progress » House Energy Committee Commissions Political Propaganda Attacking Global Warming Science

  • One docs not necessarily get rid of that kind of temperament by undergoing religious conversion, and indeed it is obvious that the illusion of having been reborn may allow one’s native vices to flourish more freely than ever, though perhaps in subtler forms.

    Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool

  • All nationalists consider it a duty to spread their own language to the detriment of rival languages, and among English-speakers this struggle reappears in subtler forms as a struggle between dialects.

    Notes on Nationalism

  • But it seems that the higher the stakes the subtler are the changes a man undergoes when Chaos agrees to trade with him. '

    Elric of Melnibone

  • But -- and the more you study the Polynesian, the subtler are his strange laws and taboos -- the main provision in the Arioi constitution was undoubtedly conceived in the desire to prevent over-population.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • Milt Kahl was disdainful of the animation in the early features, preferring the tighter, "subtler" animation of the fifties and sixties.

    Good Animation, Bad Animation

  • They formed a kind of subtler element, -- an ancestral aether, -- universally extending and

    Japan: an Attempt at Interpretation

  • It was kind of subtler than that, but I was able to use those seeds, and I just felt for her. : News

  • Carlyle had a subtler distraction, forwarding a letter from his lovely wife, Sally.

    George Washington’s First War


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