conspicuous

[kuhn-spik-yoo-uhs]
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:
1535–45; < Latin conspicuus visible, conspicuous, equivalent to conspic(ere) (see conspectus) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. contiguous, continuous, -ous

conspicuously, adverb
conspicuousness, conspicuity [kon-spi-kyoo-i-tee] , noun


1. manifest, noticeable, clear, marked, salient. 2. prominent, striking, noteworthy.
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conspicuous (kənˈspɪkjʊəs)
 
adj
1.  clearly visible; obvious or showy
2.  attracting attention because of a striking quality or feature: conspicuous stupidity
 
[C16: from Latin conspicuus, from conspicere to perceive; see conspectus]
 
con'spicuously
 
adv
 
con'spicuousness
 
n

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conspicuous
1540s, from L. conspicuus "open to view," from conspicere "to look at, observe," from com- intensive prefix + specere (see scope (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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Example sentences
Our unknown travelers may have chosen the burial spot because it was obscure-or
  because it was conspicuous.
Small flowers with conspicuous reddish stamens open in late winter, before new
  leaves emerge.
There are vast slums of dirt roads and shanties and a conspicuous homeless
  population in the heart of downtown.
They argued correctly that conspicuous coloring was also designed to warn off a
  predator or attract a perspective mate.
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