in·​con·​spic·​u·​ous | \ˌin-kən-ˈspi-kyə-wəs, -kyü-əs\

Definition of inconspicuous 

: not readily noticeable

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Other Words from inconspicuous

inconspicuously adverb
inconspicuousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for inconspicuous


discreet, invisible, unnoticeable, unobtrusive


conspicuous, noticeable, visible

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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

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Kayla is almost intentionally inconspicuous, perhaps afraid to share her sillier or bolder thoughts for fear of coming off as weird. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Eighth Grade Is a Mesmerizing, Heartfelt Portrait of Teenhood," 12 July 2018 The elevator doors at the back of the otherwise vacant Metro station opened and Benny Feilhaber strode out in the most inconspicuous of outfits — sunglasses, a white T-shirt, a black backpack, grey shorts and sandals. Dylan Hernandez,, "Pushed to the Inland Empire by the high cost of living, LAFC's Benny Feilhaber learned to enjoy his hours-long commute by train," 8 June 2018 According to a new report from People, however, the inconspicuous nature of their as-yet unconfirmed relationship is entirely intentional. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Is Reportedly Intentionally Keeping Her Relationship With Ben Simmons Private," 12 July 2018 Nearby, tiny white flowers hung bell-like from high bush blueberry plants, while the inconspicuous low bush varieties invited closer inspection. Hattie Bernstein,, "Cool down this summer in these magical gardens," 5 July 2018 Now downstairs, the new, more inconspicuous space features red walls juxtaposed by cream couches and geometric coffee tables. Arielle Paul,, "My Favorite Room: David Gebbia loosens up in his 'burlesque room'," 7 July 2018 During his trial, Asahara often used diapers and sat on a cushion intended to make his incontinence inconspicuous. Washington Post, "Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery," 6 July 2018 Curlews, when incubating their eggs, are inconspicuous. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are curlews declining in Idaho? Turns out, humans are their most deadly predator.," 18 June 2018 Then Congress passed the Hyde Amendment in 1976 to bar the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, named for its sponsor U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde, then a relatively inconspicuous freshman congressman from the west suburbs. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "Woman who had tax-funded abortion says they 'help people in bad situations,' but critics decry public money for 'immoral act'," 25 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of inconspicuous

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

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having a pattern of small flowers

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