Definition of conspicuous in English:



  • 1Clearly visible.

    ‘he was very thin, with a conspicuous Adam's apple’
    • ‘Construction, however, was a conspicuous exception to the general good news.’
    • ‘Short, revealing and as sexy as possible, they come in conspicuous colours.’
    • ‘The most visible and conspicuous fact is that people now live better than half a century ago.’
    • ‘It had a lovely translucent green body and a conspicuous darker green triangular head with a pair of bulging black eyes.’
    • ‘With a mongrel of overcast sun straying to and from her heels, she scoured all three for conspicuous features related to light.’
    • ‘They say that the mark of a great team is the ability to grind out results when they are below par, and this was another conspicuous example.’
    • ‘This was prominently exhibited in the London exhibition, and caused a conspicuous stir among the visitors.’
    • ‘They have put up a banner at a very conspicuous spot on a busy street in this ‘happening city’.’
    • ‘Its large flowers have a conspicuous mass of red stamens (white in myrtle).’
    • ‘In its stunning breeding plumage, the head is largely white with a conspicuous black stripe above the eye.’
    • ‘So these butterflies are making use of more than the visible portion of the spectrum in order to make itself conspicuous.’
    • ‘Guidelines say blue badges must be displayed on the dashboard of a vehicle or in a conspicuous position so all details on it can be clearly seen.’
    • ‘I've often seen bloggers and other webmasters place a wishlist in a conspicuous corner of their page.’
    • ‘This site is one of the most conspicuous locations in Brentford.’
    • ‘The most conspicuous result now is the Rideau Canal, an immensely expensive waterway that terminates in Ottawa.’
    • ‘Surely it could not have been left standing where it was, conspicuous from the town walls.’
    • ‘The letter, its title, the box, were so conspicuous, the eye missed everything else on the page.’
    • ‘All this was done, it may seem, with remarkably little attention to the natural orientations that are so conspicuous on the map.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago, when we worked together in north-east England, he was equally conspicuous by wearing a ginger wig.’
    • ‘Armoured battle tanks girdled a handful of Boeings and uniformed soldiers were conspicuous.’
    1. 1.1Attracting notice or attention.
      ‘he showed conspicuous bravery’
      • ‘She has problems concentrating and feels conspicuous in public.’
      • ‘Stylish Mike doesn't like it if you suggest that his enthusiasms are all about ostentation and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘This is evident in the conspicuous consumption of the elites.’
      • ‘Early in 1798 he was appointed to lead the Army of Italy, which he did with conspicuous success.’
      • ‘That is precisely what has been tried on Britain's railways, without conspicuous success.’
      • ‘If this conspicuous consumption made people more contented, I would be less inclined to question it.’
      • ‘At least the anointed will be able to indulge in conspicuous displays of moral vanity as they fulminate publicly.’
      • ‘This man would have been highly conspicuous and I'm sure would have come to the attention of a large number of passers-by.’
      • ‘Yeah, conspicuous indignation has become a kind of right-wing performance art.’
      • ‘The operation was not a failure, but it was not a conspicuous success either.’
      • ‘Poetry and history trump vulgarity and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘Two other monuments to conspicuous wealth that lie just across a small bridge will make you yearn for the life of the idle rich.’
      • ‘Welcome to the world of conspicuous donation, to the fundraising galas that lubricate American high society.’
      • ‘Regulation of tobacco has not been a conspicuous success at the level of the European Union so far.’
      • ‘His first stint in Italy, then, had not been marked by conspicuous success, with just the solitary cup in five years.’
      • ‘The Temeraire fought with conspicuous bravery in the battle beside Nelson's flagship Victory.’
      • ‘There is conspicuous abundance here in this lovely place, and patent lack.’
      • ‘The country has taken waves of immigration before, often with a conspicuous lack of success.’
      • ‘It could be said that one of the features of contemporary opera is both the dearth of conspicuous talent and the amount of money pursuing it.’
      • ‘The attitudinal change of adolescents makes its conspicuous presence in the domestic environment.’
      easily seen, clear, visible, clearly visible, standing out, noticeable, observable, discernible, perceptible, perceivable, detectable
      obvious, manifest, evident, apparent, marked, pronounced, prominent, outstanding, patent, crystal clear, as clear as crystal
      vivid, striking, dramatic, eye-catching, flagrant, ostentatious, overt, blatant, as plain as a pikestaff, staring one in the face, writ large, as plain as day
      distinct, recognizable, distinguishable, unmistakable, inescapable
      as plain as the nose on one's face, standing out like a sore thumb, sticking out like a sore thumb, standing out a mile, sticking out a mile
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Mid 16th century: from Latin conspicuus (from conspicere look at attentively, from con- (expressing intensive force) + spicere look at) + -ous.