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
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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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19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Unobtrusive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unobtrusive

: not attracting attention in a way that bothers you

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