Subtility meaning

1665, Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year.

I cannot omit a subtility of one of those quack operators, with which he gulled the poor people to crowd about him, but did nothing for them without money.

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Excessive refinement of argument; casuistry.
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A convoluted or refined argument.
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Origin of subtility

  • From Middle French subtilité, from Latin subtīlitas. See subtle.

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