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unobtrusive

[uhn-uh b-troo-siv] /ˌʌn əbˈtru sɪv/
adjective
1.
not obtrusive; inconspicuous, unassertive, or reticent.
Origin of unobtrusive
1735-1745
1735-45; un-1 + obtrusive
Related forms
unobtrusively, adverb
unobtrusiveness, noun
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  • Yetta started to say, "I did," but Braun kicked her unobtrusively and she kept still.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • Evadna freed herself as unobtrusively as possible, and looked at him with wide eyes.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Thomas Lynde faded out of life as quietly and unobtrusively as he had lived it.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • unobtrusively offered,—tendered with a due delicacy and reserve?

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Again Nasmyth, conscious that his companion was 214 unobtrusively watching him, sat silent a moment or two.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • De Spain unobtrusively spurred his steed to greater activity.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • Some make their exit quietly, unobtrusively; they slip away with a little gesture of the hand, or a mere look to say adieu.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • She slipped in as unobtrusively as possible and no one saw her.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
  • He sat now unobtrusively listening to the conversation that passed near him, relative to the issue of the case.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • So no wonder he betook himself away as quickly and as unobtrusively as possible.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for unobtrusively

unobtrusive

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

unobtrusive

adj.

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

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