inconspicuous

[in-kuhn-spik-yoo-uhs]
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Origin of inconspicuous

From the Latin word inconspicuus, dating back to 1615–25. See in-3, conspicuous
Related formsin·con·spic·u·ous·ly, adverbin·con·spic·u·ous·ness, noun

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inconspicuous

adjective
  1. not easily noticed or seen; not prominent or striking
Derived Formsinconspicuously, adverbinconspicuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inconspicuous
adj.

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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