Definition of conspicuous
conspicuousnessplay \kən-ˈspi-kyə-wəs-nəs, -kyü-əs-\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of conspicuous from the Web
The agency is not specifically barring most of the embarrassing tactics, such as serving cheap sandwiches in place of hot meals or sending students home with conspicuous debt reminders, such as hand stamps.
Given the cost of tires (and the already conspicuous nature of driving around a bright red car), that's no bad thing.
And Trump didn’t need to engage in any conspicuous corruption to convince the congressional GOP to produce such a proposal.
The move is conspicuous for an administration that has bucked international norms.
Jackson said that when there are higher levels of contamination in the water that there should be a more conspicuous sign that notifies the public.
But other senior Tories have been conspicuous in their silence, and behind the scenes the party has been engaged in fevered debate over whether to push for May’s ouster now or to wait a few months until after the Brexit talks are launched.
In a county that is more than 85 percent white, the Hmong are conspicuous.
While the stingfish in Benhalass’s video certainly looks conspicuous enough, little is known about the animal’s behavior or biology.
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Synonym Discussion of conspicuous
CONSPICUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conspicuous for English Language Learners
: very easy to see or notice
: attracting attention by being great or impressive
CONSPICUOUS Defined for Kids
Word Root of conspicuous
The Latin word specere, meaning “to look” or “to look at,” gives us the roots spec, spic, and spect. Words from the Latin specere have something to do with looking or watching. A spectator is a person who watches something, such as a sports event. Anything conspicuous is easy to see. To inspect is to look very closely at all parts of something. A specimen, or sample, is one example or one part that can show what the rest look like.
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