Subtly Sub"tly, adv. In a subtle manner; slyly; artfully; cunningly. [1913 Webster]

Thou seest how subtly to detain thee I devise. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Nicely; delicately. [1913 Webster]

In the nice bee what sense so subtly true. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Subtly communicating itself to my sensibilities, but evading the analysis of my mind. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

3. Deceitfully; delusively. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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