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
Recent Examples on the Web Some barn owls boast a brilliant white plumage—an unusual feature for an animal that should, in theory, need to remain inconspicuous against the darkened sky. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Moonlight Helps White Barn Owls Stun Their Prey," 4 Sep. 2019 Keeping my mouth shut and trying to remain as inconspicuous as possible. Harper's BAZAAR, "Brandi Carlile Pays Homage to Elton John, as Bernie Taupin Recalls First Meeting the Legend," 28 May 2019 Cellphones are easy, portable, lightweight, inconspicuous. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "Photographers spill their tips for capturing the best shots while traveling," 6 Aug. 2019 From the front, the residence looks like any other in the neighborhood: plain, blocky, inconspicuous. Krystal Rodriguez, Billboard, "Compton-Raised Channel Tres Is Taking His West Coast-Inspired Dance Music Worldwide," 15 Aug. 2019 Ambiguous feature: five feet eleven inches tall, a towering and uncomfortable giant among Asian immigrants in Chinatown, inconspicuous by the standards of Midtown or the financial district. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 Was any public figure ever so conspicuous for being inconspicuous? Andrew Roberts, The New York Review of Books, "Ferdinand Mount," 6 June 2019 The front door is notably inconspicuous, tucked into a corner of a glass wall. Julie V. Iovine., WSJ, "A Shrine to Honor Service," 24 Oct. 2018 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

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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


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Kids Definition of inconspicuous

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

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to spread as a report or rumor

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