not conspicuous, noticeable, or prominent.

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

Synonyms for inconspicuous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for inconspicuously

modestly, secretly, surreptitiously

Examples from the Web for inconspicuously

Contemporary Examples of inconspicuously

  • Their strategy, were they to try to board a plane with a weapon, would be to dress as inconspicuously as possible.

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    Ben Greenman

    November 16, 2010

Historical Examples of inconspicuously

  • 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.


    Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff

British Dictionary definitions for inconspicuously



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