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subtilty

[suht-l-tee, suhb-til-] /ˈsʌt l ti, ˈsʌb tɪl-/
noun, plural subtilties. Archaic.
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Also, subtility
[suhb-til-i-tee] /sʌbˈtɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA)
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Related forms
nonsubtility, noun
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  • In a word, the pieces on the strategical chess-board want that mobility which is the element of stratagem and subtility.

    On War Carl von Clausewitz
  • To which David made answer, "My own wisdom and subtility; for verily I fear neither thee nor thy servants."

  • They drink light, which is sufficient to give to their bodies marvellous strength and subtility.

    The Queen Pedauque Anatole France
  • Such a subtility is a dear proof of the falshood, as the contrary simplicity of the truth, of any system.

  • Its mind was wholly bent upon cunning knowledge, subtility, and getting together a multitude of earthly things.

  • I have now stated the legality of the matter, and you may act as your own subtility of perception shall dictate.

    Going To Maynooth William Carleton
Word Origin and History for subtility
n.

late 14c., alteration of subtlety on model of subtile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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