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subtile

[suht-l, suhb-til] /ˈsʌt l, ˈsʌb tɪl/
adjective, subtiler, subtilest.
1.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin subtīlis fine (orig. of fabric), equivalent to sub- sub- + -tīlis, akin to tēla cloth on a loom, loom (< *tekslā, derivative of texere to weave; see text)
Related forms
subtilely, adverb
subtileness, noun
nonsubtile, adjective
nonsubtilely, adverb
nonsubtileness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subtilely

subtile

/ˈsʌtəl/
adjective
1.
a rare spelling of subtle
Derived Forms
subtilely, adverb
subtility (sʌbˈtɪlɪtɪ), subtileness, noun
subtilty, noun
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Word Origin and History for subtilely

subtile

adj.

late 14c., "clever, dexterous," from Old French subtil (14c.), from Latin subtilis "fine, thin, delicate" (see subtle). A Latinized refashioning of the French source of subtle.

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