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 But then, there’s also the potential for more conspicuous health violations by churches in the states and counties where stricter rules have been implemented. Diane Roberts, The New Republic, "God Save the Florida Governor From His Stupidity," 10 Apr. 2020 But the response to the pandemic has unwittingly produced some other large-scale, though less conspicuous, effects. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Four Measurable Ways the Coronavirus Is Changing the Planet," 2 Apr. 2020 Was any public figure ever so conspicuous for being inconspicuous? Andrew Roberts, The New York Review of Books, "Ferdinand Mount," 6 June 2019 Nonetheless, this is why Exxon’s dividend yield now trades consistently above Chevron’s; and yet the latter stock yields more overall due to buybacks, which remain conspicuous by their absence at Exxon. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Exxon Finally Speaks Up as Chevron Catches Up," 1 Feb. 2019 Harris and Challen, both 53-year-old experienced cave divers, had displayed conspicuous bravery in the successful cave rescue mission, their citations said. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "9 Australians awarded bravery medals for Thai cave rescue," 24 July 2018 Doctors, lawmakers and West Virginians were quick to point out, though, that the state’s conspicuous lack of COVID-19 cases was likely due to limited testing capacity, rather than a singular stroke of public-health preparedness. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "West Virginia Just Became the Last State to Report a COVID-19 Case. It Was Only a Matter of Time," 18 Mar. 2020 Equipped with an entrance that opens by her hind feet, Lucy has a spacious interior, Victorian furnishings, a smattering of amenities and a conspicuous lack of running water. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Spend a Night in This 65-Foot-Tall, Elephant-Shaped Airbnb," 4 Mar. 2020 Lows: Too much refinement robs it of engagement, conspicuous lack of steering feel. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 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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4 Jun 2020

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“Conspicuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of conspicuous

: very easy to see or notice
: attracting attention by being great or impressive


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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