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unobtrusive (adj) not noticeable.

A person is unobtrusive if they are not noticeable. People who do not attract others’ attention are unobtrusive. You enter a place unobtrusively, if you enter the place without causing any disturbance. The government passes an order unobtrusively if it passes the order rather secretly than openly.

  • Though he knew more than others, he remained unobtrusive throughout the meeting. He did not say anything, or he did not like to be noticed by others.
  • The unobtrusive way the government passed the orders made the people suspect its intentions. The opposition pressed for the withdrawal of the order, as it had been passed without many knowing about it.
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