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Not clearly visible or attracting attention:‘an inconspicuous red-brick building’
unobtrusive, unnoticeable, unremarkable, unspectacular, unostentatious, unimposing, undistinguished, unexceptional, modest, unassuming, discreet, hidden, concealedordinary, plain, run-of-the-mill, insignificant, characterless, forgettable, unmemorablein the background, unnoticed, unseen, behind the scenes, out of the public eye, out of the spotlight, backstage, out of the limelight, low-profile, low-keyquiet, retiringView synonyms
- ‘When they are raising young or robbing nests, they are very quiet and inconspicuous.’
- ‘Sitting towards the back of the hall was an inconspicuous, balding, bespectacled man with a slight stammer.’
- ‘By day, he is an inconspicuous odd job man in his forties.’
- ‘The security tag, which is usually inconspicuous, is removed by the showroom wardens only prior to delivery.’
- ‘But the easy music and inconspicuous action is made jarring by the fact that the man is naked.’
- ‘In order to be inconspicuous and not arouse the attention of any Socialists, I've asked you to attend in disguise this month.’
- ‘Like its grifter characters, it's only as flashy as it needs to be and knows the value of being inconspicuous.’
- ‘When I start a temp job I try and remain inconspicuous, keeping quiet in the corner and not drawing too much attention to myself.’
- ‘As long as a pupil is quiet, inconspicuous and conformist, everything is fine.’
- ‘She wanted an inconspicuous house close to Dublin city centre.’
- ‘It's hard to be inconspicuous when you are driving a car that advertises your recent nuptials.’
- ‘The things that affect the viewer most are often inconspicuous, undramatic.’
- ‘It is imperative to have a foot patrol which is a very efficient way of controlling inconspicuous poaching activities.’
- ‘They had clearly tried to be inconspicuous, arriving in an unmarked white van with the legend Bell Mate Coffee.’
- ‘Place small dishes of the bait in inconspicuous spots around the home.’
- ‘If they really wanted us to be inconspicuous why don't they have us wear all black like the set changers at the theater?’
- ‘You get to observe so much when you are travelling through random towns as an inconspicuous anonymous nobody.’
- ‘Butterwort is a relatively inconspicuous plant, which makes its home on wet heaths, bogs and mountain ledges.’
- ‘Were white rhinestone suits the most inconspicuous garments to wear?’
- ‘The young man drove until he reached an inconspicuous building near the center of the town.’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘invisible, indiscernible’): from Latin inconspicuus (from in- not + conspicuus clearly visible) + -ous.
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