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subtleadjective

uk   /ˈsʌt.əl/  us   /ˈsʌt̬-/ approving
C2 not ​loud, ​bright, ​noticeable, or ​obvious in any way: The ​room was ​painted a subtle ​shade of ​pink. The play's ​message is ​perhaps too subtle to be ​understood by ​youngchildren. small but ​important: There is a subtle ​difference between these two ​plans.C2 achieved in a ​quiet way that does not ​attractattention to itself and is ​therefore good or ​clever: a subtle ​plan/​suggestion subtle ​questions

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subtly
adverb uk   us   /-li/

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This ​discovery had subtly changed/​altered the way I ​thought about myself.
(Definition of subtle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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subtleadjective

 us   /ˈsʌt̬·əl/
not ​loud, ​bright, ​noticeable, or ​obvious: subtle ​flavors a subtle ​shade of ​pink The subtle ​nuances of ​Englishpronunciation are hard to ​master. Subtle can also ​meansmall but ​important: There are subtle ​differences between the two.
subtly
adverb  us   /ˈsʌt̬·əl·i, ˈsʌt·li/
He subtly ​affects the ​lives of everyone he ​encounters.
(Definition of subtle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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