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[in-kuh n-spik-yoo-uh s] /ˌɪn kənˈspɪk yu əs/
not conspicuous, noticeable, or prominent.
Origin of inconspicuous
From the Latin word inconspicuus, dating back to 1615-25. See in-3, conspicuous
Related forms
inconspicuously, adverb
inconspicuousness, noun
unnoticeable, unobtrusive, unostentatious. Unabridged
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  • He remained reserved, retiring, inconspicuous, and puzzling to our understanding.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • He went to a small and inconspicuous closet and armed himself.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • There can be but one reason for this; the bird is inconspicuous.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Now we know they existed, but they were small and inconspicuous.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Flowers small, 4-parted, inconspicuous, in clusters in the axils of the leaves.

  • Apart from these efforts the American composer seems to have been inconspicuous.

    Annals of Music in America Henry Charles Lahee
  • The sign was as inconspicuous as the firm was famous in the middle West.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
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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