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
The investigators blinked at the subtlety of this distinction, and made the necessary changes to the transcript.
But pruning your ideas and simplifying your language don't have to eliminate
  the subtlety and significance of your thought.
It can remind us that subtlety can be far more beautiful than manipulated
The subtlety of the human advantage in intelligence delayed, but did not avert,
  the extermination.
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