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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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
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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Inconspicuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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