I am looking for an adjective that describes something as "less noticed."

For example, a piece of work in literature that is "less noticed" by many contemporary people, or some important work that would have deserved to be noticed by many people, but wasn't.

I don't mean something ignored or undervalued; rather, something "not getting enough attention." For example, an important piece of work in literature that, despite its importance, has not been cited enough, because many people are not aware of it.

An example: The work by John Doe is an important contribution to the Theory of Evolution, but it is less noticed in literature.

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    Underestimated? Undervalued? Misunderestimated? Can you write an example sentence where the word would be used?
    – user140086
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 11:12
  • "that which went mostly unnoticed"?
    – NVZ
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 11:39
  • Also, little-known.
    – jxh
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 11:41
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    What's wrong with "less-noticed"?
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 12:11
  • @HotLicks As I explained in the comments below one of NVZ's answer, I was looking for a simple adjective (without 'less' 'mostly' etc). But there does not exists, I am happy with these current suggestions.
    – Name
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 12:31

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"John's important contribution to the theory of evolution went mostly unnoticed"


adjective not perceived or observed


Obscure (adj.)

: not well-known : not known to most people

b : not prominent or famous


I knew they were special from their jeans and T-shirts, their knowing, ironic looks when obscure works of literature were referred to. —Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, 1991



adjective not widely known; not famed


"The internet companies Google and Bandwidth.com have turned that little-known fact into a business opportunity." - NY Times
"To celebrate the blockbuster fashion film, we’ve rounded up 13 little-known facts about the movie that will make you feel just like an industry insider." - Time
"Beyond what Canada is famous for – among them mountains, hockey, maple syrup, and copious use of the phrase "eh?" – there are some strange, little-known facts." - US News


Overlooked. It is not attaching a judgement of value, but conveys the idea of being missed without intent.

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