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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Other Words from conspicuous

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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There’s money and jewelry conspicuous at the scene. Mark Mahaney, Smithsonian, "Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory," 10 July 2019 Indeed, despite its likely limited scope, the looming ICE operation has already fueled conspicuous apprehension in immigrant households. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, ""We are all scared": Trump's threats of ICE raids keep immigrants on edge," 9 July 2019 After years perfecting the fine art of ostrich racing, Hedrick’s crew – conspicuous at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon in their denim and cowboy hats -- makes a complex process looks seamless. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "This one's for the birds: Ostrich races steal the show at Ellis Park," 6 July 2019 Problem was, my head was covered in conspicuous ginger curls. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019 Despite the conspicuous presence of a tour publicist who took the unusual step of taping the conversation, Linda, 48, spoke with unmistakable warmth, candor and a refreshing lack of pretense or affectation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Revisit our 1989 Linda McCartney interview: ‘I do what I want to do.’," 21 June 2019 During a light training session Wednesday, Darwin Quintero, Angelo Rodriguez, Miguel Ibarra, and Hassani Dotson were among players focused on finishing drills — a conspicuous issue this season. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Victory on Saturday would set Minnesota United road win record," 5 June 2019 Zuckerberg’s colossal drop this year was conspicuous in a list that hasn’t changed all that much over the past year. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Approval Rating Nosedives. Here's Where He Ranks," 19 June 2019 The denial is also conspicuous because Ashrawi has been a fixture in the Palestinian establishment and a proponent of the two-state solution long championed by the United States. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump sees Mideast peace. Others see a ‘racist, colonial mentality.’," 19 June 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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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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