- 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 conspicuity
The young man and the pulpit are therefore preeminent in conspicuity.The Young Man and the World
Albert J. Beveridge
- clearly visible; obvious or showy
- attracting attention because of a striking quality or featureconspicuous stupidity
Word Origin and History for conspicuity
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."