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Meaning of subtlety

sub•tle•ty

Pronunciation: (sut'l-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. the state or quality of being subtle.
  2. delicacy or nicety of character or meaning.
  3. acuteness or penetration of mind; delicacy of discrimination.
  4. a fine-drawn distinction; refinement of reasoning: the subtleties of logic.
  5. something subtle.
  6. an elaborate confection, ornate in construction and ornamentation, sometimes edible but more often made and used as a decoration for a table or buffet.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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