Subtle vs Subordinate - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between subtle and subordinate
is that subtle
is hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable while subordinate
is placed in a lower class, rank, or position.
As a noun subordinate is
)(countable) one who is subordinate.
As a verb subordinate is
to make subservient.
* subtil (obsolete)
* subtile (obsolete)
Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
(of a thing) Cleverly contrived.
(of a person or animal) Cunning, skillful.
* 1623 , , act iv, scene 4,
- The difference is subtle , but you can hear it if you listen carefully.
Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency.
- Thy age confirmed, proud, subtle , bloody, treacherous.
* crafty, cunning, skillful
* (insidious) insidious
* (hard to grasp) simple
* subtle body
Placed in a lower class, rank, or position.
Submissive or inferior to, or controlled by, authority.
- The several kinds and subordinate species of each are easily distinguished.
(grammar, of a clause, not comparable) dependent on and either modifying or complementing the main clause
- It was subordinate , not enslaved, to the understanding.
- In the sentence, “The barbecue finished before John arrived”, the subordinate clause “before John arrived” specifies the time of the main clause, “The barbecue finished”.
* (sense) dependent
* superior, superordinate
* (Submissive to or controlled by authority) insubordinate
* (sense) independent, main
(senseid)(countable) One who is subordinate.
* (one who is subordinate) inferior, junior, report, underling, understrapper
* (one who is subordinate) boss, commander, leader, manager, superior, supervisor
To make subservient.
To treat as of less value or importance.
(finance) To make of lower priority in order of payment in bankruptcy.
* (treat as of less value or importance) belittle, denigrate