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English definition of “obtrusive”


adjective     /əbˈtruː.sɪv/
too noticeable : The logo was still visible but less obtrusive this time in beige . The soldiers were in civilian clothes , to make their presence less obtrusive. → Opposite unobtrusiveApparent and obviousVisible obtrusively     /-li/ adverb Apparent and obviousVisible obtrusiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Apparent and obviousVisible
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