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conspicuous

[kuh n-spik-yoo-uh s]
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adjective
  1. easily seen or noticed; readily visible or observable: a conspicuous error.
  2. attracting special attention, as by outstanding qualities or eccentricities: He was conspicuous by his booming laughter.
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Origin of conspicuous

1535–45; < Latin conspicuus visible, conspicuous, equivalent to conspic(ere) (see conspectus) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. contiguous, continuous, -ous
Related formscon·spic·u·ous·ly, adverbcon·spic·u·ous·ness, con·spi·cu·i·ty [kon-spi-kyoo-i-tee] /ˌkɒn spɪˈkyu ɪ ti/, noun

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1. manifest, noticeable, clear, marked, salient. 2. prominent, striking, noteworthy.
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conspicuous

adjective
  1. clearly visible; obvious or showy
  2. attracting attention because of a striking quality or featureconspicuous stupidity
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Derived Formsconspicuously, adverbconspicuousness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin conspicuus, from conspicere to perceive; see conspectus
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Word Origin and History for conspicuous

adj.

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."

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