conspicuous

adjective
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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conspicuously adverb
conspicuousness \ kən-​ˈspi-​kyə-​wəs-​nəs How to pronounce conspicuousness (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 His conspicuous failures included repeated attempts at raising wine grapes. Washington Post, "A model of modern sustainable agriculture – with a nudge from Thomas Jefferson," 9 Oct. 2019 Giving so many folkies a place to work, play and learn is the most conspicuous part of Swallow Hill’s mission. John Wenzel, The Know, "Denver folk institution Swallow Hill Music turns 40," 8 Nov. 2019 Chris Leslie for Mosaic Inequality is at its most conspicuous in cities: the very poor and the very rich live side by side yet separately. Sam Rigby, Quartz, "The Scottish city trying to make urban living less miserable," 2 Nov. 2019 Most conspicuous of all are the glinting hobnails in the sole of the boot on the left. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Van Gogh puts feet first with ‘A Pair of Boots’," 31 Oct. 2019 The vast mausoleum complex can be seen for miles around and is the most conspicuous visible legacy of his rule. BostonGlobe.com, "MADRID — The Spanish Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the country’s caretaker government can exhume Francisco Franco’s remains from a gigantic mausoleum the military dictator had built outside Madrid, a decision that could settle a decades-old controversy.," 25 Sep. 2019 Official statements during the previously unannounced visit made no mention Soleimani, but the timing was conspicuous. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "Killing of Iran general risks U.S. gains against Islamic State," 8 Jan. 2020 Of late, a bunch of leading actors from the Hindi film industry has been conspicuous at mass protests, both on the internet and off it, against state policies in India. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "As India rises in dissent, Bollywood reveals its real heroes: the women," 8 Jan. 2020 But Hodge has had a second, less conspicuous job for more than a decade—watchmaker. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Connoisseur: Aldis Hodge Swears by These Holy Grail Watches," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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13 Feb 2020

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“Conspicuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conspicuous. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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conspicuous

adjective
How to pronounce conspicuous (audio)

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 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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