from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not undesirably noticeable or blatant; inconspicuous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not obtrusive; not forward; modest; inconspicuous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not obtrusive; not presuming; modest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not noticeable or blatant; inconspicuous.

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

  • adjective not obtrusive or undesirably noticeable


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  • "Nudging people for their own benefit in unobtrusive ways is part of what the co-authors call “libertarian paternalism,” a seeming oxymoron that links the notions of freedom from constraint and firm, well-intentioned guidance."

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  • Google says they will be, quote, "unobtrusive" -- uh-huh, likely story -- and will appear at the bottom of some of the videos for 10 seconds.

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  • He was some years younger than Marsden, and dressed soberly but in the very height of fashion, his lightly starched collar reaching to his ears, and a white waistcoat picked out with black calling unobtrusive attention to the slenderness of his waist.

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  • So was Hochberg, with a manner parents describe as unobtrusive and comforting. -

  • The cheeses, including the housemade mozzarella, can be kindly described as unobtrusive, and the cold cuts aren't what today's epicures would call artisanal, but the satisfying, neatly constructed whole is invariably greater than the sum of its parts.


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  • The movie spares us Perotta's labored, cliche-ridden, "unobtrusive" writing.

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  • DuckDuckGo will place an "unobtrusive" ad on the results page that is tied to the search query, but that's the extent of targeting, Weinberg said.



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