(comparative more subtly, superlative most subtly)
Subtly is defined as something that is hard to detect or that is not standing out or bold.
An example of subtly is when there are two paintings that are just slightly different colors; subtly different.
- He'd watched Sean subtly steer people away from it.
- To the Prophecy of Restoration we may fitly apply the words, too gracious and too subtly chosen to be translated, of Renan, "ce second Isaie, dont Fame lumineuse semble comme impregnee, six cent ans d'avance, de toutes les rosees, de tous les parfums de l'avenir" (L'Antechrist, p. 464); though, indeed, the common verdict of sympathetic readers sums up the sentence in a single phrase - "the Evangelical Prophet."
- They were more subtly and incurably separated by traditional and legal status.
- I should think the wonderful rhythmical flow of lines and curves could be more subtly felt than seen.
- Time alone can show how far these colonies are likely to be permanently successful, or how the subtly enervating influence of the climate will affect later generations.