noun, plural subtleties.
the state or quality of being subtle.
delicacy or nicety of character or meaning.
acuteness or penetration of mind; delicacy of discrimination.
a fine-drawn distinction; refinement of reasoning: the subtleties of logic.
something subtle.
History/Historical. an elaborate confection, ornate in construction and ornamentation, sometimes edible but more often made and used as a decoration for a table or buffet.

1300–50; Middle English subtelte, sutilte < Old French sutilte < Latin subtīlitāt- (stem of subtīlitās) fineness, equivalent to subtīli(s) subtile + -tāt- -ty2

hypersubtlety, noun
nonsubtlety, noun, plural nonsubtleties.
oversubtlety, noun, plural oversubtleties. Unabridged
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subtlety (ˈsʌtəltɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  the state or quality of being subtle; delicacy
2.  a fine distinction or the ability to make such a distinction
3.  something subtle

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Example sentences
Reading is a subtle thing, and its subtleties are artifacts of a venerable
  medium: words printed in ink on paper.
The subtleties of choosing between thou and you could make for great literature.
Each rock type requires a different microwave recipe, for there are many
  subtleties involved.
New findings in neurology always seem to come with the caveat that there are
  subtleties that need to be explained.
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