adjective Etymology: Latin inconspicuus, from in- + conspicuus conspicuous Date: 1648 not readily noticeable • inconspicuously adverbinconspicuousness noun

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  • Inconspicuous — In con*spic u*ous, a. [L. inconspicuus. See {In } not, and {Conspicuous}.] Not conspicuous or noticeable; hardly discernible. {In con*spic u*ous*ly}, adv. {In con*spic u*ous*ness}, n. Boyle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inconspicuous — I adjective barely seen, blurred, concealed, covert, dim, faint, feeble, hidden, ill defined, imperceptible, indefinite, indiscernible, indistinct, invisible, misty, modest, nebulous, obscure, obscurus, out of sight, parum insignis, poorly… …   Law dictionary

  • inconspicuous — (adj.) 1620s, invisible, from L.L. inconspicuus, from in not, opposite of, without (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + L. conspicuus (see CONSPICUOUS (Cf. conspicuous)). Weakened sense of not readily seen or noticed first recorded 1828. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • inconspicuous — [adj] hidden, unnoticeable camouflaged, concealed, dim, faint, hidden, indistinct, insignificant, low key*, low profile*, modest, muted, ordinary, plain, quiet, retiring, secretive, shy, soft pedalled*, subtle, tenuous, unassuming, unemphatic,… …   New thesaurus

  • inconspicuous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not clearly visible or attracting attention. DERIVATIVES inconspicuously adverb inconspicuousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • inconspicuous — [in΄kən spik′yo͞o əs] adj. [L inconspicuus] not conspicuous; hard to see or perceive; attracting little attention; not striking inconspicuously adv. inconspicuousness n …   English World dictionary

  • inconspicuous — [[t]ɪ̱nkənspɪ̱kjuəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is inconspicuous does not attract attention to themselves. I ll try to be as inconspicuous as possible... He had ridden out of Cambridge, inconspicuous among the hundreds of young cyclists. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • inconspicuous — in|con|spic|u|ous [ˌınkənˈspıkjuəs] adj not easily seen or noticed ≠ ↑conspicuous ▪ an inconspicuous little restaurant ▪ She stood by the wall, trying to look inconspicuous . >inconspicuously adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inconspicuous — adjective the flaw in the carpeting is inconspicuous wearing inconspicuous street clothes, Swann escaped through the crowd Syn: unobtrusive, unnoticeable, unremarkable, unspectacular, unostentatious, undistinguished, unexceptional, modest,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • inconspicuous — adjective /ˌɪn.kənˈspɪk.ju.əs/ Not prominent or easily noticeable Approaching danger, whether from octopus, fish or man, arouses caution in a small mollusk and it becomes as inconspicuous as it can. Syn: invisible Ant: conspicuous See Also …   Wiktionary

  • inconspicuous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. unnoticeable, unobtrusive. See invisibility. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. unnoticeable, unobtrusive, concealed, indistinct; see hidden 2 , modest 2 , obscure 3 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus)… …   English dictionary for students

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