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In kn spIk yu s
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part of speech: adjective
definition: not obvious or readily apparent; easily overlooked.
obscure, unimposing, unobtrusive
arresting, conspicuous, obtrusive, prominent
similar words:
imperceptible, insignificant, invisible, modest, mousy, unassuming, unimpressive, unnoticeable, unostentatious, unpretentious
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adverb + (adj.)inconspicuous conspicuously, extremely, fairly, first, rather, relatively, someplace, visually
(adj.)inconspicuous + noun capricornus, cell, chance, clothes, constellation, consumption, cont, corner, discourse, entrance, flower, grass, hole, insect, jonah, leaf, location, magnitude, message, middle, nucleoli, nucleus, one, outskirts, panel, perianth, pillar, place, presence, rock, sand, shoe, shop, sign, sky, species, spot, star, suggestion, text, wall, writing [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: inconspicuously (adv.), inconspicuousness (n.)
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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, t, 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.