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conspicuous

[kuh n-spik-yoo-uh s] /kənˈspɪk yu əs/
adjective
1.
easily seen or noticed; readily visible or observable:
a conspicuous error.
2.
attracting special attention, as by outstanding qualities or eccentricities:
He was conspicuous by his booming laughter.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin conspicuus visible, conspicuous, equivalent to conspic(ere) (see conspectus) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. contiguous, continuous, -ous
Related forms
conspicuously, adverb
conspicuousness, conspicuity
[kon-spi-kyoo-i-tee] /ˌkɒn spɪˈkyu ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. manifest, noticeable, clear, marked, salient. 2. prominent, striking, noteworthy.
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British Dictionary definitions for conspicuousness

conspicuous

/kənˈspɪkjʊəs/
adjective
1.
clearly visible; obvious or showy
2.
attracting attention because of a striking quality or feature: conspicuous stupidity
Derived Forms
conspicuously, adverb
conspicuousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conspicuus, from conspicere to perceive; see conspectus
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Word Origin and History for conspicuousness

conspicuous

adj.

1540s, from Latin conspicuus "visible, open to view, striking," from conspicere "to look at, observe, see, notice," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + specere (see scope (n.1)). Phrase conspicuous by its absence (1859) is said to be from Tacitus ("Annals" iii.76), in a passage about certain images: "sed præfulgebant ... eo ipso quod effigies eorum non visebantur."

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