- 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
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Examples from the Web for conspicuously
Sabahi hoped to inspire young voters, but they are conspicuously absent at the polls.Egypt’s Ugly, Unconvincing Elections
May 27, 2014
So the Obama bill corrects what was conspicuously awful about the Bush bill.Enough Already on HealthCare.gov. Don’t You Remember Medicare Part D?
October 29, 2013
Did he have to be so conspicuously left out of the loop in his own White House?The White House and the IRS: A Carteresque Fiasco
May 28, 2013
It could resist the cultural dominant, but not conspicuously enough.Constructive Criticism: Reviewing the Idea of Reviewing
May 20, 2013
So now the magic Democratic number is 17—and Pelosi is at it again, with conspicuously boundless energy and determination.Nancy Pelosi Becoming House Speaker Again Would Be Sweet Justice
April 27, 2013
Hobbs had seemed more of the craven type which Stryker graced so conspicuously.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Why, then, have we retired from this field in which we were once conspicuously successful?Latin America and the United States
Among his other lackings Lute was conspicuously short of tact.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
The operation of this peculiar cause is conspicuously plain.
Where the Duke of Bourbon had failed, Dragut had conspicuously succeeded.The Story of the Barbary Corsairs
- clearly visible; obvious or showy
- attracting attention because of a striking quality or featureconspicuous stupidity
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."