conspicuous

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

Definition of conspicuous

1 : obvious to the eye or mind conspicuous changes The bird has a conspicuous red head.
2 : attracting attention : striking a conspicuous success His absence was conspicuous.
3 : marked by a noticeable violation of good taste

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conspicuously adverb
conspicuousness \ kən-​ˈspi-​kyə-​wəs-​nəs , -​kyü-​əs-​ \ noun

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noticeable, remarkable, prominent, outstanding, conspicuous, salient, striking mean attracting notice or attention. noticeable applies to something unlikely to escape observation. a piano recital with no noticeable errors remarkable applies to something so extraordinary or exceptional as to invite comment. a film of remarkable intelligence and wit prominent applies to something commanding notice by standing out from its surroundings or background. a doctor who occupies a prominent position in the town outstanding applies to something that rises above and excels others of the same kind. honored for her outstanding contributions to science conspicuous applies to something that is obvious and unavoidable to the sight or mind. conspicuous bureaucratic waste salient applies to something of significance that merits the attention given it. the salient points of the speech striking applies to something that impresses itself powerfully and deeply upon the observer's mind or vision. the region's striking poverty

Examples of conspicuous in a Sentence

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.
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For the visit, Meghan wore a black cap-sleeve maternity dress by Hatch, an Oscar de la Renta coat, earrings by Kimai, and the most conspicuous pair of heels from Gianvito Rossi. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's PVC Heels Are Giving Me Life," 10 Jan. 2019 Alfredo Corchado, a reporter with the Dallas Morning News, addresses what was once the most conspicuous portion of that shift - the diaspora from Mexico into the United States - in his timely new book about immigration. Jill Leovy, chicagotribune.com, "A personal perspective on Mexico's mass exodus to the United States," 2 July 2018 The conspicuous lack of other striped creatures in hot, arid environments. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?," 10 July 2018 After coming out, Justin Fashanu received a conspicuous lack of support from within the world of football. SI.com, "Twenty Years After Losing Justin Fashanu, Is English Football Finally Ready to Accept Gay Players?," 9 May 2018 Longtime fans will also notice copious and conspicuous re-use of themes from previous games, many of which had already been re-used recently in Dragon Quest Builders and the pair of Dragon Quest Heroes games. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Review: Dragon Quest XI looks new but feels old," 4 Sep. 2018 McCain once said, when questioned about the conspicuous absence of his family during his 2008 presidential campaign. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How John McCain's Children Were Shaped by His Political Career," 27 Aug. 2018 The statute provides for various options, but the method of notification is to be conspicuous to ensure the message is read. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "CenturyLink blocked its customers’ Internet access in order to show an ad," 17 Dec. 2018 Still, a new attitude toward gender equality, and the abuse of power, has been conspicuous throughout the festival. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Cannes, Where Weinstein Reigned, Reckons With #MeToo Fallout," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of conspicuous

circa 1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conspicuous

Latin conspicuus, from conspicere to get sight of, from com- + specere to look — more at spy

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conspicuous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of conspicuous

: very easy to see or notice
: attracting attention by being great or impressive

conspicuous

adjective
con·​spic·​u·​ous | \ kən-ˈspi-kyə-wəs \

Kids Definition of conspicuous

1 : easily seen Put the sign in a conspicuous spot.
2 : attracting attention : prominent I felt conspicuous.

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