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conspicuous

Syllabification: con·spic·u·ous
Pronunciation: /kənˈspikyo͞oəs
 
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Definition of conspicuous in English:

adjective

1Standing out so as to be clearly visible: he was very thin, with a conspicuous Adam’s apple
More example sentences
  • The most visible and conspicuous fact is that people now live better than half a century ago.
  • Guidelines say blue badges must be displayed on the dashboard of a vehicle or in a conspicuous position so all details on it can be clearly seen.
  • So these butterflies are making use of more than the visible portion of the spectrum in order to make itself conspicuous.
1.1Attracting notice or attention: he showed conspicuous bravery
More example sentences
  • That is precisely what has been tried on Britain's railways, without conspicuous success.
  • The country has taken waves of immigration before, often with a conspicuous lack of success.
  • His first stint in Italy, then, had not been marked by conspicuous success, with just the solitary cup in five years.
Synonyms
striking, eye-catching, impactful, overt, blatant;
informal as plain as the nose on one's face, standing/sticking out like a sore thumb

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin conspicuus (from conspicere 'look at attentively', from con- (expressing intensive force) + spicere 'look at') + -ous.

Phrases

conspicuous by one's absence

1
Obviously not present in a place where one should be.
[from a speech made by Lord John Russell in an address to electors (1859): taken from Tacitus (Annals iii. 76)]
Example sentences
  • At Edinburgh University, he was conspicuous by his absence at lectures and ever present in student politics.
  • The father, whose death opens the film (I got the distinct impression it was suicide), and appears, alive in only two scenes, makes his presence conspicuous by his absence.
  • There is a tide of interest in investing and I think that certainly next year the stockbrokers will be conspicuous by their absence.

Derivatives

conspicuity

1
Pronunciation: /ˌkänspiˈkyo͞oitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • The conspicuity of tourism as one of the major contributors to the national economy is well known and does not need further elaboration.
  • Aside from conspicuity another possible problem that may arise during night-time are the drunken drivers who are mostly coming from bar hopping spree or teenagers having their weekly night-out.
  • Luminous colors are now used to promote conspicuity.

conspicuously

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • My trifle, in particular, was made with conspicuously fresh ingredients, and the attention made it a treat.
  • They have conspicuously failed to choose this option so far.
  • That is because they have conspicuously failed to understand what has happened to Britain and the west since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

conspicuousness

3
noun
Example sentences
  • The idea that males behaviorally alter their visual background to increase the conspicuousness of their display is intuitive; however, a quantitative test of this hypothesis is lacking.
  • Indeed, I would argue that the King is the absent thing at work in this literary cabal, hidden by its very conspicuousness.
  • There is a descending order of seriousness from the permanent to the ephemeral, and an order of conspicuousness running in the opposite direction.

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