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conspicuous

adjective con·spic·u·ous \kən-ˈspi-kyə-wəs, -kyü-əs\

: very easy to see or notice

: attracting attention by being great or impressive

Full Definition of CONSPICUOUS

1
:  obvious to the eye or mind <conspicuous changes>
2
:  attracting attention :  striking <a conspicuous success>
3
:  marked by a noticeable violation of good taste
con·spic·u·ous·ly adverb
con·spic·u·ous·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of CONSPICUOUS

  1. There were a number of conspicuous changes to the building.
  2. The sign was placed in a very conspicuous spot.
  3. The bird has a conspicuous red head.
  4. She felt very conspicuous in her pink coat.
  5. He was uncomfortable about his conspicuous weight gain.
  6. The business was a conspicuous success.
  7. 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

Origin of CONSPICUOUS

Latin conspicuus, from conspicere to get sight of, from com- + specere to look — more at spy
First Known Use: circa 1534

Rhymes with CONSPICUOUS

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