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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sub·tle·ty /ˈsʌtḷti/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·tle·ty n.; pl. Subtleties
 1. The quality or state of being subtle, or sly; cunning; craftiness; artfulness.
    The fox which lives by subtlety.   --Shak.
 2. Nice discernment with delicacy of mental action; nicety of discrimination.
 3. Something that is sly, crafty, or delusive.
    Unlearned in the world's false subtleties.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude;
           "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy
           the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning" [syn:
           nuance, nicety, shade, refinement]
      2: the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze; "you
         had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew"
         [syn: niceness]