Subtlety: n. communicating so minimally that it is difficult to describe accurately suchas a very small facial gesture and/or a very small difference in (meaning and/or expression) and/or sound
To avoid offending someone one may give a subtle hint that you are doing something wrong or bad with the words “oh oh”.
Winking at you may signify slight flirtation, affection, or some illegality. Subtle communications are risky because they frequently are so imperceptible that they may be easily overlooked and their meaning lost in the communication.
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