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 (ŏb-tro͞o′sĭv, -zĭv, əb-)
1. Thrusting out; protruding: an obtrusive rock formation.
2. Tending to push self-assertively forward; brash: a spoiled child's obtrusive behavior.
3. Undesirably noticeable: an obtrusive scar.

[From Latin obtrūsus, past participle of obtrūdere, to obtrude; see obtrude.]

ob·tru′sive·ly adv.
ob·tru′sive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obtrusiveness - an unwelcome conspicuousness
conspicuousness - high visibility
unobtrusiveness - the quality of not sticking out in an unwelcome way
göze batma


n (of person)Aufdringlichkeit f; (of smell also)Penetranz f; (of appearance, dress, building)Auffälligkeit f


(əbˈtruːsiv) adjective
(negative unobtrusive) too noticeable. Loud music can be very obtrusive.
obˈtrusively adverb
obˈtrusiveness noun
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Yates, without discernment to catch Sir Thomas's meaning, or diffidence, or delicacy, or discretion enough to allow him to lead the discourse while he mingled among the others with the least obtrusiveness himself, would keep him on the topic of the theatre, would torment him with questions and remarks relative to it, and finally would make him hear the whole history of his disappointment at Ecclesford.
They buzz around thee also with their praise: obtrusiveness, is their praise.
While nearly invisible bow hunters resented the obtrusiveness of the shotgunners, biologists greatly appreciated their contributions.
But there are different levels of obtrusiveness and surveillance.
The instruments included three micro cameras, concealed within the car interior to avoid obtrusiveness.
One particular highlight is a beautiful picture of Pope Shenouda III holding a vivid red rose to his nose,seeminglyunaware of the photographer's obtrusiveness.
Brady has the happy faculty of being attentive without being officious, of possessing suavity without obtrusiveness, and is altogether the right man for the right place," declared a typically flattering story from the 1850s in Frank Leslie's Weekly.
By simplifying installation and leveraging a new high-integrity enclosure design, Autoscope ENCORE represents an environmentally secure video detection platform upgrade, providing convenient integration with virtually any network while at the same time reducing overall visual obtrusiveness.
Heidegger uses the terms conspicuousness, obtrusiveness, and obstinacy to indicate types of disruption (pp.
For a country long used to VVIP obtrusiveness, their gesture came as a pleasant surprise to many spectators.
They have always "preferred soft outlines" and "have been ashamed of the obtrusiveness of their bones," since "a charge of leanness is nearly the worst a woman can bring against herself.