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.

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. Unabridged
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conspicuous (kənˈspɪkjʊəs)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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
When everybody is hip, hardly anyone is conspicuously hip.
Others are waved about conspicuously in the hands of security officials.
They flash their white outer tail feathers and white wing patches conspicuously
  during courtship and territorial displays.
Globs of malformed protein are conspicuously present in many degenerative
  disorders of the brain and nervous system.
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