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

Other Words from conspicuous

conspicuously adverb
conspicuousness \ kən-​ˈspi-​kyə-​wəs-​nəs How to pronounce conspicuous (audio) , -​kyü-​əs-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for conspicuous

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the ads being highly conspicuous, Wallace-Ross said enforcement is still reactive and occurs only when someone complains. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 There's something about Neff's relationship to Anna that is home base because a lot of the details about Anna and the surrounding cast of characters are sort of conspicuous, or there's evidence that contradicts itself. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 11 Feb. 2022 But the new split is especially conspicuous because of the eye-popping split ratio. Scott Nover, Quartz, 1 Feb. 2022 In an effort to cut costs, Gehry has replaced the dazzling glass façade with a less conspicuous exterior, which will be either stainless steel or, if affordable, a pinkish tint of titanium. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Other colossal boots lack such extreme fluffiness but are no less conspicuous. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 Unlike conventions for comic books, sci-fi, and anime, Christmas Con caters to a less conspicuous type of geek: suburban moms. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec. 2021 While the Echo Dot 3rd Generation is the older model, its design is better for anyone looking for a more compact, less conspicuous smart speaker. Sarah Toscano,, 15 Dec. 2021 Many of the old portraits have been taken down or moved to a less conspicuous place. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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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 as I walked in late.

Other Words from conspicuous

conspicuously adverb

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