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a subtlety: a nuance, a small detail, an intricacy
He asked for a longer vacation with subtlety. He made sure the question was asked in a very unobvious way.

subtle: insidious, refined, tactful; slight, faint
There was a subtle change in the tone of his voice. It was hardly noticeable but I was aware of it because I know him really well.


  • "Bold but subtle, classic, timeless."
  • "The Delavigne Corporation is delighted to announce the launch of the new and improved Classic Collection publicity campaign, still starring Ivana Bümbüm. Offering a more subtle approach than the first version of the Classic Collection campaign earlier this year, the new marketing strategy is more innovative in its attention to nuance, and its bespoke approach."
  • "Bruno was acting funny, giving me subtle hints that he might be hiding something."
  • "In order to do my job effectively, I need to understand the subtleties of international marketing."
  • "The building is a subtle and humorous allusion to our French roots, and also portrays the company as one that moves forward at a steady pace."

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