Definition of conspicuous in US English:

conspicuous

adjective

  • 1Standing out so as to be clearly visible.

    ‘he was very thin, with a conspicuous Adam's apple’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Armoured battle tanks girdled a handful of Boeings and uniformed soldiers were conspicuous.’
    • ‘Construction, however, was a conspicuous exception to the general good news.’
    • ‘In its stunning breeding plumage, the head is largely white with a conspicuous black stripe above the eye.’
    • ‘The most conspicuous result now is the Rideau Canal, an immensely expensive waterway that terminates in Ottawa.’
    • ‘This site is one of the most conspicuous locations in Brentford.’
    • ‘So these butterflies are making use of more than the visible portion of the spectrum in order to make itself conspicuous.’
    • ‘The most visible and conspicuous fact is that people now live better than half a century ago.’
    • ‘They have put up a banner at a very conspicuous spot on a busy street in this ‘happening city’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All this was done, it may seem, with remarkably little attention to the natural orientations that are so conspicuous on the map.’
    • ‘With a mongrel of overcast sun straying to and from her heels, she scoured all three for conspicuous features related to light.’
    • ‘The letter, its title, the box, were so conspicuous, the eye missed everything else on the page.’
    • ‘This was prominently exhibited in the London exhibition, and caused a conspicuous stir among the visitors.’
    • ‘Surely it could not have been left standing where it was, conspicuous from the town walls.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago, when we worked together in north-east England, he was equally conspicuous by wearing a ginger wig.’
    • ‘Its large flowers have a conspicuous mass of red stamens (white in myrtle).’
    • ‘It had a lovely translucent green body and a conspicuous darker green triangular head with a pair of bulging black eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    obvious, clear, plain, evident, apparent, manifest, self-evident
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    1. 1.1 Attracting notice or attention.
      ‘he showed conspicuous bravery’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 operation was not a failure, but it was not a conspicuous success either.’
      • ‘The attitudinal change of adolescents makes its conspicuous presence in the domestic environment.’
      • ‘If this conspicuous consumption made people more contented, I would be less inclined to question it.’
      • ‘Welcome to the world of conspicuous donation, to the fundraising galas that lubricate American high society.’
      • ‘Two other monuments to conspicuous wealth that lie just across a small bridge will make you yearn for the life of the idle rich.’
      • ‘At least the anointed will be able to indulge in conspicuous displays of moral vanity as they fulminate publicly.’
      • ‘Poetry and history trump vulgarity and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘His first stint in Italy, then, had not been marked by conspicuous success, with just the solitary cup in five years.’
      • ‘Early in 1798 he was appointed to lead the Army of Italy, which he did with conspicuous success.’
      • ‘Stylish Mike doesn't like it if you suggest that his enthusiasms are all about ostentation and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘She has problems concentrating and feels conspicuous in public.’
      • ‘There is conspicuous abundance here in this lovely place, and patent lack.’
      • ‘That is precisely what has been tried on Britain's railways, without conspicuous success.’
      • ‘Yeah, conspicuous indignation has become a kind of right-wing performance art.’
      • ‘The Temeraire fought with conspicuous bravery in the battle beside Nelson's flagship Victory.’
      • ‘This man would have been highly conspicuous and I'm sure would have come to the attention of a large number of passers-by.’
      • ‘This is evident in the conspicuous consumption of the elites.’
      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 in a place where one should be.

      • ‘At Edinburgh University, he was conspicuous by his absence at lectures and ever present in student politics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The father, in most cases, is conspicuous by his 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 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.’
      • ‘There is no political capital this month so they are 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

conspicuous

/kənˈspikyo͞oəs//kənˈspɪkjuəs/