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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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Examples from the Web for inconspicuously
Contemporary Examples
  • Their strategy, were they to try to board a plane with a weapon, would be to dress as inconspicuously as possible.

    Hey, That's My Line Ben Greenman November 15, 2010
Historical Examples
  • Women should dress quietly and inconspicuously when traveling.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • inconspicuously I stepped into the Argonaut and up the stairs to Blythe's room.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • And—er—as such, the thing to do is to get you out of here as quickly and as inconspicuously as possible.

    In And Out Edgar Franklin
  • His father died quietly and inconspicuously at Thanksgiving.

    This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • So quietly, inconspicuously, yet with a power that strangled competition, lobbies operated in State legislatures.

  • I pictured opening and shutting him in the berth of a sleeping car; then quietly, inconspicuously, and virulently, I kicked him.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • Nothing was easier than to insert the name of E.H. Machin inconspicuously towards the centre of the list!

  • He snapped his fingers and a Genoese servant who'd been inconspicuously in the background, hurried to his side.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • She dresses daintily and inconspicuously—effaces herself, in fact, as much in this exercise as she does in all public places.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for inconspicuously


not easily noticed or seen; not prominent or striking
Derived Forms
inconspicuously, adverb
inconspicuousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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