Subtilty

Sub"til*ty

(?), n. [Contr. fr. subtility.] 1. The quality or state of being subtile; thinness; fineness; as, the subtility of air or light.
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2. Refinement; extreme acuteness; subtlety.
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Intelligible discourses are spoiled by too much subtility in nice divisions.
Locke.
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3. Cunning; skill; craft. [Obs.]
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To learn a lewd man this subtility.
Chaucer.
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4. Slyness in design; artifice; guile; a cunning design or artifice; a trick; subtlety.
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O full of all subtility and all mischief.
Acts xiii. 10.
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In senses 2, 3, and 4 the word is more commonly written subtlety.
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