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 His meek, inconspicuous white-collar clerk’s wardrobe suggests a Graham Greene hypocrite. Armond White, National Review, 4 June 2021 The gadget is meant to be inconspicuous, resembling a simple bracelet. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 June 2021 The small, inconspicuous restaurant and market, owned by Kam Southammavong and his wife Ly, is regarded as one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s top spots for authentic Thai and Lao food. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, 2 June 2021 Such a wealth of words creates a case of inconspicuous non-consumption. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 The more inconspicuous the British made their presence, the more Iraqis grew justifiably paranoid about the true extent of their independence. Priya Satia, Time, 27 Apr. 2021 The brown creeper is an enigma, a small inconspicuous bird, solitary, difficult to find, see or hear. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 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, 15 Apr. 2021 The native heuchera or alum root is a green foliaged plant with inconspicuous blooms. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 5 Apr. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Inconspicuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 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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