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inconspicuous

in·con·spic·u·ous

inconspicuous

 
pronunciation:
In kn spIk yu s
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part of speech: adjective
definition: not obvious or readily apparent; easily overlooked.
synonyms:
obscure, unimposing, unobtrusive
antonyms:
arresting, conspicuous, obtrusive, prominent
similar words:
imperceptible, insignificant, invisible, modest, mousy, unassuming, unimpressive, unnoticeable, unostentatious, unpretentious
derivations: inconspicuously (adv.), inconspicuousness (n.)
Word Parts
The word inconspicuous contains the following parts:
con- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix con- is an assimilated form of com- used before roots beginning with c, d, f, g, j, n, s, and v. See com-. Note: con- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "conceive ."
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.