unobtrusive

adjective
un·​ob·​tru·​sive | \ ˌən-əb-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce unobtrusive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of unobtrusive

: not obtrusive : not blatant, arresting, or aggressive : inconspicuous

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Other Words from unobtrusive

unobtrusively adverb
unobtrusiveness noun

Examples of unobtrusive in a Sentence

the notice that an 18% tip would be automatically added was so unobtrusive we almost didn't see it at the bottom of the menu
Recent Examples on the Web The most unobtrusive and secretive listening devices. Jeff Leen, Washington Post, "What I learned about writing, fame and grace when I spent two weeks showing the master spy novelist around Miami," 30 Dec. 2020 Sometimes that grace manifests itself in the unobtrusive beauty of Joshua James Richards’ widescreen images, in the gentle curve of a highway or the sunlight gleaming over a crowded RV park. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Frances McDormand is at her finest in ‘Nomadland,’ a sublime ode to American wanderlust," 2 Dec. 2020 The engine’s fuel-saving auto-stop at traffic lights is unobtrusive. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops," 28 Nov. 2020 The engine’s fuel-saving auto-stop at traffic lights is unobtrusive. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops," 28 Nov. 2020 Zimmerman cited Jilly's service offerings, distance from homes and unobtrusive car queuing as more incentive for the city's approval. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glendale's rezoning approval for car wash 'took a lot of convincing,' developer said," 28 Nov. 2020 The engine’s fuel-saving auto-stop at traffic lights is unobtrusive. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops," 19 Nov. 2020 Opting for gray and unobtrusive, with a variety of colored controllers (Joy-Cons) to suit the console to your personality (within reason). Dia Lacina, Wired, "The Evolution of Game Console Design—and American Gamers," 5 Nov. 2020 But once that was out of the way, the changes to the show were unobtrusive. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "It’s a Party at Gatsby’s Mansion. No Dancing, Please.," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unobtrusive

1743, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unobtrusive was in 1743

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Unobtrusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unobtrusive. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for unobtrusive

unobtrusive

adjective
How to pronounce unobtrusive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unobtrusive

: not attracting attention in a way that bothers you

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