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



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Origin of conspicuous

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin conspicuus “clearly seen, visible,” equivalent to conspic(ere) “to see, catch sight of” + -uus adjective suffix; see also conspectus;cf. contiguous, continuous, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM conspicuous

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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British Dictionary definitions for conspicuous

/ (kənˈspɪkjʊəs) /


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

Derived forms of conspicuous

conspicuously, adverbconspicuousness, noun

Word Origin for conspicuous

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