conspicuous

[ kuhn-spik-yoo-uhs ]
/ kənˈspɪk yu əs /

adjective

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

1535–45; < Latin conspicuus visible, conspicuous, equivalent to conspic(ere) (see conspectus) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. contiguous, continuous, -ous

Related forms

con·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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conspicuous

/ (kənˈspɪkjʊəs) /

adjective

clearly visible; obvious or showy
attracting attention because of a striking quality or featureconspicuous stupidity

Derived Forms

conspicuously, adverbconspicuousness, noun

Word Origin for conspicuous

C16: from Latin conspicuus, from conspicere to perceive; see conspectus
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