con·​spic·​u·​ous | \ kən-ˈspi-kyə-wəs How to pronounce conspicuous (audio) , -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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Other Words from conspicuous

conspicuously adverb
conspicuousness \ kən-​ˈspi-​kyə-​wəs-​nəs How to pronounce conspicuous (audio) , -​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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Recent Examples on the Web Parent Aleka Seville told The Chronicle that the Latino community’s conspicuous absence was caused by the district’s lack of transparency. Malavika Kannan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marin County parents stopped a school closure, but district's funding challenges remain," 6 May 2021 The Pier Sixty-Six, Fort Lauderdale’s onetime jewel of a resort, sits silent and empty, a conspicuous symbol of the pandemic’s economic disruption. David Lyons,, "Pier Sixty-Six revamp hits pandemic delays. Here’s when we’ll finally see it reopen.," 4 May 2021 Broad’s death on Friday at age 87 leaves a conspicuous void in philanthropy and leadership. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, "With Eli Broad’s era past, L.A. needs fewer kingmakers and more inclusive, diverse civic builders," 2 May 2021 The 1986 movie starred Harrison Ford as the wild-eyed inventor, and despite his defense of the film, represented one of his few conspicuous box-office duds during those years. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Mosquito Coast' feels even weirder moving the book into the modern age," 30 Apr. 2021 Fleming’s absence from the two-deep, while understandable, was conspicuous. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Julian Fleming on the mend this spring as Buckeyes’ expectations remain high," 16 Apr. 2021 Since offering Arteta his public backing in December, Arsenal's technical director Edu Gaspar has been conspicuous in his silence. Joshua Law, Forbes, "Why Europa League Failure Could Signal The End Of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal Project," 9 Apr. 2021 Top Republicans have been conspicuous in failing to speak out in their colleague's defense. Star Tribune, "Gaetz vows to fight, tries to stay on offensive amid scandal," 9 Apr. 2021 In the charge against the COVID-19 pandemic, however, America has been conspicuous by its absence. Kislaya Prasad, Fortune, "Unless the U.S. changes its vaccine policy, the world will look at us like hoarders," 4 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of conspicuous was circa 1534

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12 May 2021

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“Conspicuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conspicuous

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


con·​spic·​u·​ous | \ kən-ˈspi-kyə-wəs How to pronounce conspicuous (audio) \

Kids Definition of conspicuous

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

Other Words from conspicuous

conspicuously adverb

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