One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the colours are soft and subtle’
understated, low-key, muted, toned down, subdued
delicate, faint, pale, soft, indistinct, indefinite, vague, washed out
2‘subtle distinctions are of little value’
fine, fine-drawn, ultra-fine, nice, overnice, minute, precise, narrow, tenuous
hair-splitting, indistinct, indefinite, elusive, abstruse
3‘a robust and subtle mind’
astute, keen, quick, fine, acute, sharp, razor-like, razor-sharp, rapier-like, canny, shrewd, aware, perceptive, discerning, sensitive, discriminating, penetrating, sagacious, wise, clever, intelligent, skilful, artful
sapient, percipient, perspicacious
informal on the ball, savvy
4‘the plan was simple yet subtle’
ingenious, clever, skilful, adroit, cunning, crafty, wily, artful, devious
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