subtlety Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"subtlety" in British English

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subtletynoun

uk   /ˈsʌt.l̩.ti/  us   /ˈsʌt̬.l̩.t̬i/ approving
[U] the ​quality of being ​subtle: Listening to the ​interview, I was ​impressed by the subtlety of the ​questions. [C] a ​small but ​importantdetail: All the subtleties of the ​music are ​conveyed in this new ​recording.
(Definition of subtlety from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"subtlety" in American English

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subtletynoun

 us   /ˈsʌt̬·əl·ti/

subtlety noun (BEING HARD TO NOTICE)

[U] the ​quality or ​state of being subtle or hard to ​notice: Her ​acting was ​full of subtlety.

subtlety noun (IMPORTANT DETAIL)

[C] a ​small but ​importantdetail: He’s ​baffled by the subtleties of ​modernlife.
(Definition of subtlety from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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