inconspicuous

[in-kuhn-spik-yoo-uhs]

adjective

not conspicuous, noticeable, or prominent.

Nearby words

  1. inconsideration,
  2. inconsistency,
  3. inconsistent,
  4. inconsolable,
  5. inconsonant,
  6. inconstance,
  7. inconstancy,
  8. inconstant,
  9. inconsumable,
  10. incontestability clause

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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British Dictionary definitions for inconspicuous

inconspicuous

adjective

not easily noticed or seen; not prominent or striking
Derived Formsinconspicuously, adverbinconspicuousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for inconspicuous

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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