- 1more subtle is also common (often approving) not very noticeable or obvious subtle colors/flavors/smells, etc. There are subtle differences between the two versions. The fragrance is a subtle blend of jasmine and sandalwood. She's been dropping subtle hints about what she'd like as a present.
- 2 (of a person or their behavior) behaving in a smart and skillful way, and using indirect methods, in order to achieve something I decided to try a more subtle approach.
- 3 organized in a smart and skillful way a subtle plan a subtle use of lighting in the play
- 4good at noticing and understanding things The job required a subtle mind.
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NAmE//ˈsʌt̮l̩i//adverb Her version of events is subtly different from what actually happened. Not very subtly, he raised the subject of money. Government policy has already shifted subtly.