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[uhn-uh b-troo-siv]
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  1. not obtrusive; inconspicuous, unassertive, or reticent.
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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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Related Words for unobtrusiveness

simplicity, reticence, propriety, purity, decency, humility, virtue, shyness, diffidence, humbleness, demureness, timidity, quietness, self-effacement, constraint, delicacy, inhibition, meekness, chastity, innocence

Examples from the Web for unobtrusiveness

Historical Examples of unobtrusiveness

  • It must be the strongest tint in the room, and yet it must have the unobtrusiveness of strength.

    Principles of Home Decoration

    Candace Wheeler

  • The freckles were there, too; he saw them in a better light now and decided they were just the right shade of unobtrusiveness.

    Good References

    E. J. Rath

  • Thus they must retire even behind the furniture by their unobtrusiveness.

  • Nellie was a good girl, and I think had a sort of quiet respect for Old Fagg's unobtrusiveness.

  • Thorpe's devotion was a thing so complete, so perfect in its unobtrusiveness, that it defeated its own purpose.

    Kildares of Storm

    Eleanor Mercein Kelly

British Dictionary definitions for unobtrusiveness


  1. not noticeable or conspicuous
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Derived Formsunobtrusively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unobtrusiveness



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

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