Definition of subtly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    subtly

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌtli//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌtli//
     
     
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  1. 1in a way that is not very noticeable or obvious Her version of events is subtly different from what actually happened. Government policy has already shifted subtly.
  2. 2in a clever way, especially by using indirect methods Not very subtly, he raised the subject of money.