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[kuh n-spik-yoo-uh s] /kənˈspɪk yu əs/
easily seen or noticed; readily visible or observable:
a conspicuous error.
attracting special attention, as by outstanding qualities or eccentricities:
He was conspicuous by his booming laughter.
Origin of conspicuous
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),
1. manifest, noticeable, clear, marked, salient. 2. prominent, striking, noteworthy. Unabridged
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  • When everybody is hip, hardly anyone is conspicuously hip.
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  • They flash their white outer tail feathers and white wing patches conspicuously during courtship and territorial displays.
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  • Leaves are conspicuously veined, with lobed and cut edges.
  • Designed as a media desktop but conspicuously lacking any dedicated media controls.
  • It is virtually impossible for this statement to be true and the purported study is conspicuously lacking a citation.
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  • Also conspicuously lacking is any clear plan for generating the economic growth needed to begin paying down those growing debts.
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British Dictionary definitions for conspicuously


clearly visible; obvious or showy
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 conspicuously



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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