Definition of conspicuous in English:

conspicuous

adjective

  • 1Clearly visible.

    ‘he was very thin, with a conspicuous Adam's apple’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This was prominently exhibited in the London exhibition, and caused a conspicuous stir among the visitors.’
    • ‘The letter, its title, the box, were so conspicuous, the eye missed everything else on the page.’
    • ‘Armoured battle tanks girdled a handful of Boeings and uniformed soldiers were conspicuous.’
    • ‘Construction, however, was a conspicuous exception to the general good news.’
    • ‘With a mongrel of overcast sun straying to and from her heels, she scoured all three for conspicuous features related to light.’
    • ‘Surely it could not have been left standing where it was, conspicuous from the town walls.’
    • ‘The most conspicuous result now is the Rideau Canal, an immensely expensive waterway that terminates in Ottawa.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So these butterflies are making use of more than the visible portion of the spectrum in order to make itself conspicuous.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago, when we worked together in north-east England, he was equally conspicuous by wearing a ginger wig.’
    • ‘This site is one of the most conspicuous locations in Brentford.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have put up a banner at a very conspicuous spot on a busy street in this ‘happening city’.’
    • ‘All this was done, it may seem, with remarkably little attention to the natural orientations that are so conspicuous on the map.’
    • ‘The most visible and conspicuous fact is that people now live better than half a century ago.’
    • ‘Short, revealing and as sexy as possible, they come in conspicuous colours.’
    • ‘I've often seen bloggers and other webmasters place a wishlist in a conspicuous corner of their page.’
    • ‘It had a lovely translucent green body and a conspicuous darker green triangular head with a pair of bulging black eyes.’
    obvious, clear, plain, evident, apparent, manifest, self-evident
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    1. 1.1 Attracting notice or attention.
      ‘he showed conspicuous bravery’
      • ‘She has problems concentrating and feels conspicuous in public.’
      • ‘At least the anointed will be able to indulge in conspicuous displays of moral vanity as they fulminate publicly.’
      • ‘Stylish Mike doesn't like it if you suggest that his enthusiasms are all about ostentation and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘Yeah, conspicuous indignation has become a kind of right-wing performance art.’
      • ‘His first stint in Italy, then, had not been marked by conspicuous success, with just the solitary cup in five years.’
      • ‘The attitudinal change of adolescents makes its conspicuous presence in the domestic environment.’
      • ‘Poetry and history trump vulgarity and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘The country has taken waves of immigration before, often with a conspicuous lack of success.’
      • ‘Regulation of tobacco has not been a conspicuous success at the level of the European Union so far.’
      • ‘There is conspicuous abundance here in this lovely place, and patent lack.’
      • ‘Two other monuments to conspicuous wealth that lie just across a small bridge will make you yearn for the life of the idle rich.’
      • ‘This man would have been highly conspicuous and I'm sure would have come to the attention of a large number of passers-by.’
      • ‘Welcome to the world of conspicuous donation, to the fundraising galas that lubricate American high society.’
      • ‘This is evident in the conspicuous consumption of the elites.’
      • ‘The operation was not a failure, but it was not a conspicuous success either.’
      • ‘The Temeraire fought with conspicuous bravery in the battle beside Nelson's flagship Victory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If this conspicuous consumption made people more contented, I would be less inclined to question it.’
      • ‘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.’
      easily seen, clear, visible, clearly visible, standing out, noticeable, observable, discernible, perceptible, perceivable, detectable
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Phrases

  • conspicuous by one's absence

    • Obviously not present where one or it should be.

      ‘ratepayers grumbled that the police were conspicuous by their absence’
      • ‘There is no political capital this month so they are conspicuous by their absence.’
      • ‘There is a tide of interest in investing and I think that certainly next year the stockbrokers will be conspicuous by their absence.’
      • ‘Proper allocation of living space, hygienic living conditions, efficient management of prison administration, and proper and prompt medical care in jails in Punjab, were all conspicuous by their absence.’
      • ‘The plan was to serve as a blueprint for the rejuvenation of the town centre, but so far developments have either met heavy opposition or been conspicuous by their absence.’
      • ‘One of the more obvious things about religious practice in the Irish Catholic Church is that while there has been significant leakage in every age group, young adults are conspicuous by their absence from church now.’
      • ‘Despite Council assurances that 32 vehicles were out treating roads on Monday, however, some people claim the gritters were only conspicuous by their absence when they were needed most.’
      • ‘But the Commissioner was conspicuous by his absence.’
      • ‘At Edinburgh University, he was conspicuous by his absence at lectures and ever present in student politics.’
      • ‘The father, whose death opens the film (I got the distinct impression it was suicide), and appears, alive in only two scenes, makes his presence conspicuous by his absence.’
      • ‘The father, in most cases, is conspicuous by his absence.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin conspicuus (from conspicere ‘look at attentively’, from con- (expressing intensive force) + spicere ‘look at’) + -ous.

Pronunciation

conspicuous

/kənˈspɪkjʊəs/