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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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Examples from the web for inconspicuously
  • Its small enough to be used inconspicuously and provides hours of entertainment.
  • Move all your personal files out of the office tomorrow--inconspicuously if possible.
  • The families move one at a time as inconspicuously as possible to avoid provoking opposition.
  • There are five or six of them, mostly middle-aged, dressed inconspicuously enough.
  • Take the dead-letter drop, where an item can be left inconspicuously and securely for someone else to pick up.
  • To remove one possible bias-that litter encourages more litter-the researchers inconspicuously picked up each castaway flyer.
  • Spies need to mingle inconspicuously and protect their cover once recruited.
  • These will allow me to move inconspicuously among the other campers, some of whom have made note of my attire.
  • It felt palatial, though not in a gaudy way-as if its owner liked to live well but inconspicuously.
  • It starts out inconspicuously enough, a thin vine crawling out from a battered brown pot perched atop a filing cabinet.
British Dictionary definitions for inconspicuously


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



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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