Synonyms of subtle


1. elusive, subtle, impalpable (vs. palpable)

usage: difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze; "his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"; "a subtle difference"; "that elusive thing the soul"

2. subtle, perceptive (vs. unperceptive)

usage: able to make fine distinctions; "a subtle mind"

3. insidious, pernicious, subtle, harmful (vs. harmless)

usage: working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; "glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison"

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Definition and meaning of subtle (Dictionary)