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[uhn-uh b-troo-siv] /ˌʌn əbˈtru sɪv/
not obtrusive; inconspicuous, unassertive, or reticent.
Origin of unobtrusive
1735-45; un-1 + obtrusive
Related forms
unobtrusively, adverb
unobtrusiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • Most athletes prefer to spend their off seasons unobtrusively.
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  • More of a challenge is unobtrusively connecting the speakers along the room's sides.
  • Caterers dressed in white stand unobtrusively to the sides.
  • IT is rarely one finds a first novel so unobtrusively expert as this one, or so fresh and distinguished in style.
  • Both rooms are staffed by unobtrusively professional, capable waiters.
  • Soft taped jazz throughout dinner supplied congenial background music unobtrusively.
  • Each beach also has toilet facilities and showers, set back unobtrusively in the forest.
  • Their only script was commercials, which they themselves styled, and they delivered them unobtrusively and at random.
  • And text, narration and images can be conveyed unobtrusively to those who want it.
British Dictionary definitions for unobtrusively


not noticeable or conspicuous
Derived Forms
unobtrusively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unobtrusively



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

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