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Meaning of SUBTILTY

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sub"til*ty\, n. [Contr. fr. subtility.]
1. The quality or state of being subtile; thinness; fineness;
   as, the subtility of air or light.

2. Refinement; extreme acuteness; subtlety.

         Intelligible discourses are spoiled by too much
         subtility in nice divisions.          --Locke.

3. Cunning; skill; craft. [Obs.]

         To learn a lewd man this subtility.   --Chaucer.

4. Slyness in design; artifice; guile; a cunning design or
   artifice; a trick; subtlety.

         O full of all subtility and all mischief. --Acts
                                               xiii. 10.

Note: In senses 2, 3, and 4 the word is more commonly written
      subtlety.

 

 

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