inconspicuous

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

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  • enPR: ĭn'kən-spĭkʹyo͞o-əs, IPA(key): /ˌɪn.kənˈspɪk.ju.əs/

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inconspicuous (comparative more inconspicuous, superlative most inconspicuous)

  1. Not prominent nor easily noticeable
    • 2004, Shell Oil Company, Let's Collect Rocks and Shells, Kessinger Publishing Co., page 9,
      Approaching danger, whether from octopus, fish or man, arouses caution in a small mollusk and it becomes as inconspicuous as it can.

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