in·​con·​spic·​u·​ous | \ ˌin-kən-ˈspi-kyə-wəs How to pronounce inconspicuous (audio) , -kyü-əs \

Definition of inconspicuous

: not readily noticeable

Other Words from inconspicuous

inconspicuously adverb
inconspicuousness noun

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Examples of inconspicuous in a Sentence

She tried to remain as inconspicuous as possible so that no one would see her there. left an inconspicuous scratch on the wall
Recent Examples on the Web Extremist groups have also mastered the ability to camouflage their sites to appear as harmless and inconspicuous discussion boards aimed at sharing general knowledge and information. Maia Niguel Hoskin, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Bose’s wireless SoundLink Revolve water-resistant speaker looks pretty inconspicuous but projects massive sound. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 July 2022 In her memoirs, Bergas recalls arriving at Station Zoologischer Garten in Berlin, where ten boys and girls were waiting—a large and not inconspicuous group. Deborah Cadbury, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2022 The fan is 42 inches tall, with a small footprint and relatively inconspicuous design, and features four fan speeds and optional oscillation. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2022 Then work up to more powerful solutions. Choose an inconspicuous spot, like under a chair or table, to test the cleaning solution before going forward with all the pavers. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 June 2022 When in doubt, spot test an inconspicuous area first to ensure the spray won't damage the surface. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 8 June 2022 However its inconspicuous design, would also potentially increase the obvious risks associated with covert photography. Paul Monckton, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Its website is inconspicuous and speaks about offering scholarships for Nebraska college students. Warren Buffett, Fortune, 28 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inconspicuous

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inconspicuous

Latin inconspicuus, from in- + conspicuus conspicuous

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The first known use of inconspicuous was circa 1828

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6 Aug 2022

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“Inconspicuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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in·​con·​spic·​u·​ous | \ ˌin-kən-ˈspi-kyə-wəs How to pronounce inconspicuous (audio) \

Kids Definition of inconspicuous

: not easily seen or noticed I hope the error is inconspicuous.

Other Words from inconspicuous

inconspicuously adverb

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