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subtle

 [sut´'l]
1. very fine, as a subtle powder.
2. very acute, as a subtle pain.
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Easterbrook's answer is subtler than the radical environmental notion, and, in a way, less satisfying.
Baptism, for example, is alluded to not only through the representation of the baptism of Jesus, the Finding of Moses, and the Crossing of the Red Sea, but also in much subtler ways, such as the division of the Christological and Mosaic narratives into eight panels each (eight being one of the numerological symbols of baptism); the prominence given to Moses' encounter with his future wife, Zipporah, by the well, an incident interpreted as an Old Testament prefiguration of the sacrament; the conspicuous placement of vessels used to wash the apostles' feet in the foreground of The Last Supper; and, by a somewhat circuitous system of associations, several quotations of the classical figure known as the Spinario.
The actual practice is far subtler. Most cases turn on more than one issue, and European courts commonly split the fee pot according to who prevailed on what.
Seeing this ambivalence lends a subtler layer of meaning to an installation that may be entertaining, clever, and beautifully produced but does not necessarily linger in the mind.
Moreover, continued research into the biological changes underlying childhood schizophrenia may help to identify subtler disturbances at work in adult victims of the disorder.
OTHER ELEMENTS OF STERN'S ONGOING campaign are perhaps subtler, but no less funny.
While Thompson painted previously on sheer organza, which granted an astonishing three-dimensionality to the forms, the new images were rendered in acrylic on raw linen, which made their presence subtler, if no less luxurious.
team have turned their attention to the subtler Holocene, where they have found some unexpected cool spans.
One hopes this new work will be the first step in convincing a US audience that Krebber needs to be taken seriously as a subtler but truly engaging alternative to his alleged mentor.
Upon closer inspection, an even subtler hemispheric division of labor contributes to the left brain's superiority at verbal challenges.
Now Catunda has returned to figuration and a certain narrative tone, but in a subtler, almost intangible fashion characterized by great formal sophistication.
But as more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, a subtler approach might be better.