subtle subtle  /ˈsə təl/


  1. (adj) able to make fine distinctions
  2. (adj) difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
  3. (adj) working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way



  • Cyber crime is becoming too complex and subtle for the old generation judges to understand and evaluate.


  1. Review: The wolf is at the door in 'Cornelius'

    NEW YORK (AP) — J.B. Priestley's 1935 play, "Cornelius," directed by Sam Yates, is being presented by Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. It's a subtle, old-fashioned drama with comedic undertones, revealing repressed longings among the uneasy staff of a small British aluminum import firm during a terrible economy.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. ‘The Subtle Body’ at NACL

    NACL Theatre will present “The Subtle Body” on June 15.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The River Reporter

  3. Housing discrimination persists in U.S. in more subtle ways, HUD report says

    A new report finds that although blatant racial prejudice in real estate is declining, subtle forms persist.”
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Washington Post


  1. "This becomes the fourth study to look for subtle signs of mercury toxicity and show the answer was 'no,'" said Dr. Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the author of a book on autism research and...
    on Jan 25, 2009 By: Paul Offit Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Floyd has come in and given me a new lease of life," Hatton said. "He's slowed me down and given me a more subtle approach. I was up at 6am this morning, Floyd came to my house and I ran five miles around Gee Cross in Hyde with dumb bells in...
    on Oct 6, 2008 By: Ricky Hatton Source: Times Online

  3. "We've been going through this with a fine-toothed comb," Chiarelli said. "There's differences in their game, there's subtle differences in their personality. But they're really close."
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Peter Chiarelli Source: The Associated Press

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