[ uhn-uh b-troo-siv ]
/ ˌʌn əbˈtru sɪv /


not obtrusive; inconspicuous, unassertive, or reticent.


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Origin of unobtrusive

First recorded in 1735–45; un-1 + obtrusive

OTHER WORDS FROM unobtrusive

un·ob·tru·sive·ly, adverbun·ob·tru·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for unobtrusive

/ (ˌʌnəbˈtruːsɪv) /


not noticeable or conspicuous

Derived forms of unobtrusive

unobtrusively, adverb
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