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unobtrusive

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Definition fitting in so as not to attract much attention or disturb
  • The web site has a lot of ads, but they are unobtrusively placed on the far right of the screen.
unobtrusively = fitting in so as not to attract much attention or disturb
  • I stopped using that website. The ads were too obtrusive.
  • obtrusive = attracting too much attention
    (Editor's note:  Unobtrusive is encountered more than twice as commonly as any form of obtrusive without the prefix un-. The prefix "un-" in unobtrusive means not and reverses the meaning of obtrusive. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • She sat unobtrusively in the rear of the room.
  • unobtrusively = in a manner that fits in so as not to attract much attention or disturb others
  • I'd like a photographer to take candid shots in an unobtrusive manner.
  • unobtrusive = fitting in so as not to attract much attention or disturb
  • The videographer was so unobtrusive, we forgot she was there.
  • unobtrusive = fitting in so as not to attract much attention or disturb
  • ...I find them obtrusive and obnoxious.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Vanished Messenger
  • (Editor's note:  Unobtrusive is encountered more than twice as commonly as any form of obtrusive without the prefix un-. The prefix "un-" in unobtrusive means not and reverses the meaning of obtrusive. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • In high school Laura had been as unobtrusive as Jim had been astonishing.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • unobtrusive = not conspicuous (not having attracted much attention)
  • Fang waited for him to get his food and unobtrusively led him to the most private booth.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • unobtrusively = in a manner that fits in so as not to attract much attention or disturb others
  • She is one of those women of a certain grace and beauty who wear it so unobtrusively that it takes a while to notice.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • unobtrusively = in a manner that does not to attract much attention
  • Sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once, unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter, that was as cool as their white dresses and their impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • unobtrusively = undesirably noticeable (something she would rather not see, but can't help but notice)
  • I found myself in the middle of the Idlers' Club and made myself as unobtrusive as possible.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • unobtrusive = inconspicuous (not attracting attention)
  • ...we attempt to watch it unobtrusively,
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • unobtrusively = in a manner that does not to attract much attention or disturb
  • Methinks it is like water from a heavenly fountain; for it contains I know not what of unobtrusive fragrance and deliciousness.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • unobtrusive = subtle (fitting in so as not to attract much attention or disturb)
  • (SAM and WILLIE work away as unobtrusively as possible.)
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • unobtrusively = in a manner that fits in so as not to attract much attention or disturb
  • He walked back the way he had come and went into the hotel, its spastic neon sign obtrusively jutting into the street.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • obtrusively = in a manner demanding attention
    (Editor's note:  Unobtrusive is encountered more than twice as commonly as any form of obtrusive without the prefix un-. The prefix "un-" in unobtrusively means not and reverses the meaning of obtrusively. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • She was eating saltines and juice, the only things she could keep down, while I tried to eat my potato chips quietly and unobtrusively.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • unobtrusively = in a manner that fits in so as not to disturb
  • repeated deeds of munificent yet unobtrusive charity
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • unobtrusive = fitting in so as not to attract much attention
  • She was appalled by West Egg, ...by the too obtrusive fate that herded its inhabitants along a short-cut from nothing to nothing.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • (Editor's note:  Unobtrusive is encountered more than twice as commonly as any form of obtrusive without the prefix un-. The prefix "un-" in unobtrusive means not and reverses the meaning of obtrusive. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • But he was positively obtrusive at this moment, and his dimpled hands were quite disagreeable.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • (Editor's note:  Unobtrusive is encountered more than twice as commonly as any form of obtrusive without the prefix un-. The prefix "un-" in unobtrusive means not and reverses the meaning of obtrusive. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Tulliver felt very much as if the air had been cleared of obtrusive flies now the women were out of the room.
    Eliot, George  --  The Mill on the Floss
(Editor's note:  Unobtrusive is encountered more than twice as commonly as any form of obtrusive without the prefix un-. The prefix "un-" in unobtrusive means not and reverses the meaning of obtrusive. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)

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