unobtrusive


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un·ob·tru·sive

 (ŭn′əb-tro͞o′sĭv)
adj.
Not undesirably noticeable or blatant; inconspicuous.

un′ob·tru′sive·ly adv.
un′ob·tru′sive·ness n.

unobtrusive

(ˌʌnəbˈtruːsɪv)
adj
not noticeable or conspicuous
ˌunobˈtrusively adv
ˌunobˈtrusiveness n

un•ob•tru•sive

(ˌʌn əbˈtru sɪv)

adj.
not obtrusive; inconspicuous, unassertive, or reticent.
[1735–45]
un`ob•tru′sive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unobtrusive - not obtrusive or undesirably noticeableunobtrusive - not obtrusive or undesirably noticeable; "a quiet, unobtrusive life of self-denial"
obtrusive, noticeable - undesirably noticeable; "the obtrusive behavior of a spoiled child"; "equally obtrusive was the graffiti"

unobtrusive

unobtrusive

adjective
1. Not readily noticed or seen:
Idiom: having a low profile.
2. Not showy or obtrusive:
Translations
غَيْر بارِز أو مَلْحوظ
nevtíravý
beskeden
látlaus
nekrentantis į akis
klussneuzbāzīgs
nevtieravý
dikkat çekmeyengöze batmayan

unobtrusive

[ˈʌnəbˈtruːsɪv] ADJdiscreto, modesto

unobtrusive

[ˌʌnəbˈtruːsɪv] adjdiscret/ète

unobtrusive

adj, unobtrusively
advunauffällig

unobtrusive

[ˌʌnəbˈtruːsɪv] adjdiscreto/a

unobtrusive

(anəbˈtruːsiv) adjective
not too obvious or noticeable. She is quiet and unobtrusive.
ˌunobˈtrusively adverb
unobtrusively dressed.
References in classic literature ?
It throws its unobtrusive tinge throughout the room, with a faint ruddiness upon the walls and ceiling, and a reflected gleam upon the polish of the furniture.
Like some poor devils ashore that happen to know an irascible great man, they make distant unobtrusive salutations to him in the street, lest if they pursued the acquaintance further, they might receive a summary thump for their presumption.
The poor mulatto woman, whose simple faith had been well-nigh crushed and overwhelmed, by the avalanche of cruelty and wrong which had fallen upon her, felt her soul raised up by the hymns and passages of Holy Writ, which this lowly missionary breathed into her ear in intervals, as they were going to and returning from work; and even the half-crazed and wandering mind of Cassy was soothed and calmed by his simple and unobtrusive influences.
The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk.
She saw only that he was quiet and unobtrusive, and she liked him for it.
Know, that in the course of your future life you will often find yourself elected the involuntary confidant of your acquaintances' secrets: people will instinctively find out, as I have done, that it is not your forte to tell of yourself, but to listen while others talk of themselves; they will feel, too, that you listen with no malevolent scorn of their indiscretion, but with a kind of innate sympathy; not the less comforting and encouraging because it is very unobtrusive in its manifestations.
She carried these decided judgments within her in the most unobtrusive way: they rooted themselves in her mind, and grew there as quietly as grass.
I was aware, however, that his very ancient family had been noted, time out of mind, for a peculiar sensibility of temperament, displaying itself, through long ages, in many works of exalted art, and manifested, of late, in repeated deeds of munificent yet unobtrusive charity, as well as in a passionate devotion to the intricacies, perhaps even more than to the orthodox and easily recognisable beauties of musical science.
Hosts loved to detain the dry lawyer, when the light-hearted and loose-tongued had already their foot on the threshold; they liked to sit a while in his unobtrusive company, practising for solitude, sobering their minds in the man's rich silence after the expense and strain of gaiety.
When the course of years had made the features of the unobtrusive mourner familiar in the settlement, she became a subject of not deep, but general, interest; a being on whom the otherwise superfluous sympathies of all might be bestowed.
In this manner, from a happy yet often pensive child, he grew up to be a mild, quiet, unobtrusive boy, and sun-browned with labor in the fields, but with more intelligence brightening his aspect than is seen in many lads who have been taught at famous schools.
Both were pretty, almost beautiful--and there was an air of simplicity about their dress, a quiet and unobtrusive dignity in their manners, which at once announced them to be real ladies.