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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 16, 2010
Historical Examples
  • We must go through life so inconspicuously that Fate does not notice us.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • inconspicuously I stepped into the Argonaut and up the stairs to Blythe's room.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • It was small and inconspicuously placed, but its interest was overwhelming.

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • Women should dress quietly and inconspicuously when traveling.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • As usual, it had begun quite harmlessly and inconspicuously.

    Banzai! Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
  • Nowhere that I have been to in the world does the land fade into the sea so inconspicuously.

    Hills and the Sea H. Belloc
  • His father died quietly and inconspicuously at Thanksgiving.

    This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • inconspicuously, he worked his hand down through the sand bottom of the prison.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • I had to evolve some scheme, and evolve it rapidly, how we might drop most inconspicuously into the world across the water.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for inconspicuously


not easily noticed or seen; not prominent or striking
Derived Forms
inconspicuously, adverb
inconspicuousness, noun
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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.

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