Inconspicuous describes something that doesn't stand out or attract attention. The bad news? You just got pizza sauce on your shirt. The good news? It landed in an inconspicuous spot, so no one will notice.

Inconspicuous comes from the Latin word inconspicuus, or "not visible," and the original meaning of inconspicuous was "invisible," until around 1828. Today, it describes anything that blends in or isn't very noticeable. If you have ever tried to find your black luggage among all the other pieces of black luggage at the airport, you know that sometimes, being inconspicuous makes things harder.

Definitions of inconspicuous

adj not prominent or readily noticeable

“he pushed the string through an inconspicuous hole”
obscure, unnoticeable
not drawing attention
obvious to the eye or mind
attention-getting, eye-catching
seizing the attention
big, large, prominent
conspicuous in position or importance
clear and distinct
crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank
conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
made a feature or highlight; given prominence
in evidence
clearly to be seen
singled out for notice or especially for a dire fate
outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular, striking
having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
lacking discretion; injudicious
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