sub-, suc-, suf-, sug-, sum-, sup-, sur-, sus-, su-
(Latin: under, below, beneath; used as a prefix as shown in various formats below)
The prefix sub- often becomes suc- before c: succumb.
The prefix sub- often becomes suf- before f: suffuse.
The prefix sub- often becomes sug- before g: suggest.
The prefix sub- often becomes sum- before m: sumptuous.
The prefix sub- often becomes sup- before p: suppression.
The prefix sub- often becomes sur- before r: surrogate.
The prefix, sub- is often simplified to su- before sp; as seen in suspect, suspend, suspicion, suspension, et al. Before c, p, and t; it is sometimes formed into sus-.
2. The earth bank or bed supporting railroad tracks.
3. Any underlying structure or formation of arranged parts that supports or gives strength to something.
2. Hidden; secret; such as, subterranean motives for murder.
2. Lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed); such as, subterraneous motives for murder.
2. Descriptive of something so slight as to be difficult to detect or to describe; elusive: Shirley had a subtle smile when Richard told her why he got home so late.
3. Relating to something which is difficult to understand; abstruse: Pam presented an argument whose subtle point was lost by her friend.
4. Concerning the ability to make fine distinctions: Mr. Smart had a very subtle, keen, and perceptive mind and had no problems to grasp the facts presented at the inquiry.
5. Regarding something which is implemented in a hidden, usually injurious way; insidious: Sam happened to eat something at the restaurant which caused him to have a subtle upset stomach.
There must have been some subtle poison in the food the cat found and ate because it died in the evening.
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2. A distinction that is difficult to make but which is considered to be important.
3. A delicacy or nicety of character or meaning.