Definition of unobtrusive in English:

unobtrusive

adjective

  • Not conspicuous or attracting attention.

    ‘the service was unobtrusive and efficient’
    • ‘So the Government, too, has been operating in a quiet, unobtrusive manner.’
    • ‘Quiet and unobtrusive in our canoes, we could paddle up close to herds of elephant standing in the shallows and watch as they threw up wet sand to cool off.’
    • ‘Brill filmed this by sitting with the counsellors and covering the action with unobtrusive moves of his small camera.’
    • ‘And for this he had music that was controlled, unobtrusive and keeping with the mood and the situation.’
    • ‘Throughout the meal our waiters were unobtrusive and efficient.’
    • ‘The birds were constantly on the move, their quiet and unobtrusive progress hiding very considerable speed.’
    • ‘The news was placed in an unobtrusive corner of a local newspaper.’
    • ‘Swenson said most of the Marysville track's events would be small and unobtrusive.’
    • ‘I don't know if this was because she was just trying to be unobtrusive, or if she thought we were up to some nefarious activity.’
    • ‘A quiet, unobtrusive presence, Recoing has been earning effusive praise for this role and rightly so.’
    • ‘So pure and yet teeming with cultural meanings, white is at the same time unobtrusive and attention getting.’
    • ‘Edward was a tall man, quiet and unobtrusive, but always managing to sort things out and keep all in order.’
    • ‘We drive a Honda Civic, so he has to scrunch down and stick his head in the window, trying to be unobtrusive about it.’
    • ‘The picture is at its best when Blaustein's unobtrusive film crew eavesdrop on the day-to-day family life of the wrestlers.’
    • ‘Last week Finance Minister Jaswant Singh, in his quiet and unobtrusive way delivered a triple whammy.’
    • ‘The music, mainly selections from the 1980s played at a moderate volume, is unobtrusive.’
    • ‘The unobtrusive dialect and horrifying irony here make this one of Nelson's best lyrics.’
    • ‘I found an unobtrusive niche, a little cliff garden of thrift and sea campion which gave me a vee-shaped eyrie over the water.’
    • ‘The quiet, unobtrusive Scot has gone about his task of having the course in pristine condition.’
    • ‘The Netgear WPN824 is a compact, unobtrusive box with several internal antennas, apparently.’
    self-effacing, retiring, unassuming, modest, demure, quiet, meek, humble
    inconspicuous, unnoticeable, restrained, subdued, quiet, low-key, discreet, circumspect, understated, muted, subtle, played down, toned down, unostentatious, unshowy, relaxed, downbeat, out of sight, in the background
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Pronunciation

unobtrusive

/ʌnəbˈtruːsɪv/