unobtrusive

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

adjective

not obtrusive; inconspicuous, unassertive, or reticent.

Nearby words

  1. unnumbered,
  2. uno,
  3. unobserved,
  4. unobstructed,
  5. unobtainable,
  6. unoccupied,
  7. unofficial,
  8. unopened,
  9. unopposed,
  10. unorganized

Origin of unobtrusive

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

Related formsun·ob·tru·sive·ly, adverbun·ob·tru·sive·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unobtrusively

unobtrusive

/ (ˌʌnəbˈtruːsɪv) /

adjective

not noticeable or conspicuous
Derived Formsunobtrusively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for unobtrusively

unobtrusive

adj.

from un- (1) + obtrusive. Related: Unobtrusively; unobtrusiveness.

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