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unobtrusive

[uhn-uh b-troo-siv] /ˌʌn əbˈtru sɪv/
adjective
1.
not obtrusive; inconspicuous, unassertive, or reticent.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; un-1 + obtrusive
Related forms
unobtrusively, adverb
unobtrusiveness, noun
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  • The unobtrusive panels protect the bamboo from rain but allow diffused sunlight to filter through.
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  • He tried to be unobtrusive, but every eye in the room followed him.
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  • Because the great fear is ignorance, regulators are commendably seeking unobtrusive ways to keep tabs on the markets.
British Dictionary definitions for unobtrusive

unobtrusive

/ˌʌnəbˈtruːsɪv/
adjective
1.
not noticeable or conspicuous
Derived Forms
unobtrusively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unobtrusive
adj.

from un- (1) + obtrusive. Related: Unobtrusively; unobtrusiveness.

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