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inconspicuous

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Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.
Iris Murdoch
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Etymology

First attested circa 17th century, from Late Latin inconspicuus, from in-, "not" + [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] conspicuus, "conspicuous." Modern sense of "not easily noticeable" is from 1828.

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  • enPR: ĭn'kən-spĭkʹyo͞o-əs, IPA: /ˌɪn.kənˈspɪk.ju.əs/, SAMPA: /%In.k@n"spIk.ju.@s/

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inconspicuous

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  1. Not prominent or easily noticeable
    • 2004, Shell Oil Company, Let's Collect Rocks and Shells, Kessinger Publishing Co., page 9,
      Approaching danger, whether from octopus, fish or man, arouses caution in a small mollusk and it becomes as inconspicuous as it can.

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