how to pronounce subtle


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subtle is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of subtle in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… soft time of life it's a subtle time of …”

meanings of subtle


  1. Refined; exquisite.
  2. Cunning, skillful.
  3. Insidious.
  4. Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
  5. Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency.
  6. Cleverly contrived.

subtle frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word subtle occurs in english on average 27.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics subtle can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that subtle can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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