Definition of conspicuous in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈspikyo͞oəs/


1Standing out so as to be clearly visible: he was very thin, with a conspicuous Adam’s apple
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  • 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
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  • 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.
easily seen, clear, visible, noticeable, discernible, perceptible, detectable;
obvious, manifest, evident, apparent, marked, pronounced, prominent, patent, crystal clear;
striking, eye-catching, impactful, overt, blatant;
distinct, recognizable, unmistakable, inescapable
informal as plain as the nose on one's face, standing/sticking out like a sore thumb


conspicuous by one's absence

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)
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /känspiˈkyo͞oədē/
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.


Pronunciation: /kənˈspikyo͞oəsnəs/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with conspicuous

adventitious, Aloysius, ambitious, auspicious, avaricious, capricious, delicious, expeditious, factitious, fictitious, flagitious, judicious, lubricious, malicious, Mauritius, meretricious, nutritious, officious, pernicious, propitious, repetitious, seditious, siliceous, superstitious, suppositious, surreptitious, suspicious, vicious

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Syllabification: con·spic·u·ous

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