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.

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

 

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