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[in-kuh n-spik-yoo-uh s] /ˌɪn kənˈspɪk yu əs/
not conspicuous, noticeable, or prominent.
Origin of inconspicuous
1615-25; < Latin inconspicuus. See in-3, conspicuous
Related forms
inconspicuously, adverb
inconspicuousness, noun
unnoticeable, unobtrusive, unostentatious. Unabridged
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  • Slipping in without makeup, her luminous hair hidden under a scarf, she tried to make herself inconspicuous.
  • These plants have inconspicuous flowers and fruits that are almost completely hidden by the leaf bases.
  • Sometimes being inconspicuous is the best security in the world.
  • The bearers of the coffin walk quietly around to inconspicuous stations on a side aisle.
  • The average bride and groom of good taste and feeling try to be as inconspicuous as possible.
  • Or a small wicker basket that is shallow and inconspicuous will do.
  • By instinct they at once know how to crouch down so as to be as inconspicuous as possible.
  • Today, researchers are identifying particular gene sequences that can make an animal inconspicuous.
  • They had spent the day in the hallway trying to look inconspicuous.
  • Then there are often allusions in inconspicuous places.
British Dictionary definitions for inconspicuous


not easily noticed or seen; not prominent or striking
Derived Forms
inconspicuously, adverb
inconspicuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inconspicuous

1620s, "invisible," from Late Latin inconspicuus, from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + Latin conspicuus (see conspicuous). Weakened sense of "not readily seen or noticed" first recorded 1828. Related: Inconspicuously; inconspicuousness.

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