Subtle vs Tactful - What's the difference?

subtle | tactful |


As adjectives the difference between subtle and tactful

is that subtle is hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable while tactful is possessing tact; able to deal with people in a sensitive manner.

subtle

English

Alternative forms

* subtil (obsolete) * subtile (obsolete)

Adjective

(er)
  • Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
  • The difference is subtle , but you can hear it if you listen carefully.
  • (of a thing) Cleverly contrived.
  • (of a person or animal) Cunning, skillful.
  • insidious
  • * 1623 , , act iv, scene 4,
  • Thy age confirmed, proud, subtle , bloody, treacherous.
  • Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency.
  • Synonyms

    * crafty, cunning, skillful * (insidious) insidious

    Antonyms

    * (hard to grasp) simple

    Derived terms

    * subtle body * subtleness * subtlety * subtly

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    Anagrams

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    tactful

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Possessing tact; able to deal with people in a sensitive manner.
  • Antonyms

    * tactless