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 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 Then there are the big companies racing out PR statements of condemnation, though what’s often most conspicuous is their vagueness. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Woke and Weak CEOs," 1 Apr. 2021 The gloom that has settled over Paris has been perhaps most conspicuous in the Latin Quarter, whose very heart — the cafes, restaurants, theaters and museums — stopped beating amid government lockdown restrictions to fight coronavirus infections. New York Times, "In the Latin Quarter, Paris’s Intellectual Heartbeat Grows Fainter," 22 Mar. 2021 Perhaps none have been as conspicuous as the about-faces of Jaap van Dissel, Director of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Joshua Cohen, Forbes, "Metamorphosis Of A Dutch Top Public Health Official, Jaap Van Dissel, In The Face Of The Covid-19 Pandemic," 11 Mar. 2021 The problem is especially conspicuous with Black people. Sydette Harry, Wired, "Listening to Black Women: The Innovation Tech Can't Figure Out," 11 Jan. 2021 Drug use is common and conspicuous, according to community advocates who make regular trips into the dank passages to donate food and supplies. Arkansas Online, "Virus, other problems threaten to throw off homeless census," 26 Dec. 2020 Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe are why Virginia’s stamp is so conspicuous in the national story. Andrew Burstein, Washington Post, "Four presidents who put Virginia’s stamp on early America," 30 Oct. 2020 The needle loss is often most conspicuous on pines because of their open branching habit, and because pine needles grow — and fall — in bundles of two or more. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Evergreens might be shedding needles this season as well — here’s how to tell if there’s a problem with your tree," 10 Oct. 2020 The offense, however, returned a cohesive unit, with the exception of Stefon Diggs, whose absence after forcing a trade is as conspicuous as an elephant waltzing through Times Square. Star Tribune, "Mike Zimmer on Vikings offense, 'Right now we're not very good at anything'," 21 Sep. 2020

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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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“Conspicuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conspicuous. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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