Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not readily noticeable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not prominent or easily noticeable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not conspicuous or noticeable; hardly discernible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not conspicuous or readily discernible; not to be easily perceived by the sight; so small or unobtrusive as readily to escape notice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not prominent or readily noticeable

Etymologies

First attested circa 17th century, from Late Latin inconspicuus, from in-, "not" + Latin conspicuus, "conspicuous." Modern sense of "not easily noticeable" is from 1828. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We pranked a co-worker that none of us could stand by smearing sour cream in inconspicuous areas on and around his desk, (inside the mouthpiece of his telephone, on his pens, etc).

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  • And while a shy designer trying to be inconspicuous is certainly a logical possibility, he has a logical consequence that those who perceive his almost-but-not-quite-erased footprints should cut some slack for those who are having trouble seeing them.

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  • Sticky Fingers is taking orders for a slew of savory vegan sides and desserts you can bring to Thanksgiving dinner; owner Doron Greenblatt says the sides are "inconspicuous" -- so your fellow feasters will never know there's soy milk in the mashed potatoes.

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  • Visually inconspicuous, that is, but evident to anyone with a good nose.

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  • Similarly, the word 'inconspicuous', in Heidegger's later writings, indicates something other than being hidden or obscured in the obvious way that features of the earth or soil, to which the gardener must attend, may be.

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  • Ask the seller to email you a photo of the object if you are not clear about certain statements such as inconspicuous this or soiled that.

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  • Editorially it attacked Bright's position, belittling the speech for having been made at the one "inconspicuous" place where the orator would be sure of a warm welcome, and asking why Manchester or

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  • The guards try to be inconspicuous, which isn’t all that hard: carrying a sidearm in Baghdad is roughly equivalent to carrying a Leatherman in the States.

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  • Counter-intuitive as it may seem, and notwithstanding the vast excesses of luxury into which they were haplessly born, the Queen and her kind specialise in a kind of inconspicuous non-consumption.

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  • He was kind of inconspicuous until it was time to show off his trampoline dunk skills in the fourth quarter.

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