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

Definition of inconspicuous

: not readily noticeable

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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 At the end of a long street where early mid-century homes reach Ferguson Road is an inconspicuous corner house with a bakery sign on the front porch. Dallas News, "The men behind the boules: How this East Dallas couple launched a beloved microbakery," 15 Apr. 2021 The native heuchera or alum root is a green foliaged plant with inconspicuous blooms. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mysteries solved for the last week of March.," 5 Apr. 2021 That quote, in an inconspicuous eight-paragraph Chronicle article, would follow Lapham to his grave and beyond. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "A shame revealed: That time The Chronicle tried to kill the cable cars," 26 Feb. 2021 With the presentation of Kimberly Gold’s Pre Fall 2021 collection, the message is simultaneously inconspicuous, yet abundantly clear: Black designers have been here all along. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "Designers At New York Fashion Week Look To A Future Of Togetherness For Day 2," 17 Feb. 2021 Wi-Fi extenders don’t get much more minimalist or inconspicuous than this one from Linksys, which makes for a great choice if your only placement option is somewhere particularly visible in your home. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 9 Best Wi-Fi Extenders for Fast Home Internet," 15 Dec. 2020 The nests are ragged balls of twigs and leaves about 2 feet in diameter but are water-repellent and have inconspicuous side entrances. Jim Gilbert Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Eating and storing food are a squirrel's life in late autumn," 3 Dec. 2020 These Audioengine stereo speakers deliver good sound while maintaining an inconspicuous look. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "Our 100+ Favorite Cyber Monday Deals Still Available Today," 1 Dec. 2020 The entrance is an inconspicuous little arch, guarded by an antique wrought-iron gate, between a fine wine shop and a musty bookstore. Kurt Vonnegut, The New Yorker, "Letters to Woofy," 23 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Inconspicuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inconspicuous

: not very easy to see or notice : not conspicuous


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.

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inconspicuously adverb

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