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

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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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 There are two duckpin bowling lanes at Rec Room, an inconspicuous lounge that percolates behind a sidewalk sign, hand-lettered in chalk, in Fort Lauderdale’s rapidly changing MASS District. Ben Crandell,, "SummerTimeOut: Duckpin bowling at Rec Room in Fort Lauderdale," 20 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 Test your cleanser of choice in an inconspicuous area before using it on the stain. Talia Abbas, SELF, "9 Expert Tips for Removing Food Stains From Your Clothes," 28 Sep. 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 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

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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 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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