Simple Definition of conspicuous
: very easy to see or notice
: attracting attention by being great or impressive
Examples of conspicuous
Conspicuous species of large organisms with small populations are vulnerable—and several fishes and marine mammals, including Steller's sea cow, have succumbed. —Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, June 1991
Its most conspicuous feature was knee breeches, which showed off his well-turned legs and feet. —Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde, 1984
There were a number of conspicuous changes to the building.
The sign was placed in a very conspicuous spot.
The bird has a conspicuous red head.
She felt very conspicuous in her pink coat.
He was uncomfortable about his conspicuous weight gain.
The business was a conspicuous success.
Origin of conspicuous
Latin conspicuus, from conspicere to get sight of, from com- + specere to look — more at spy
First Known Use: circa 1534
Synonym Discussion of conspicuous
CONSPICUOUS Defined for Kids
Word Root of conspicuous
The Latin word specere, meaning “to look” or “to look at,” gives us the roots spec, spic, and spect. Words from the Latin specere have something to do with looking or watching. A spectator is a person who watches something, such as a sports event. Anything conspicuous is easy to see. To inspect is to look very closely at all parts of something. A specimen, or sample, is one example or one part that can show what the rest look like.
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