Definition of conspicuous in English:



  • 1Standing out so as to be clearly visible.

    ‘he was very thin, with a conspicuous Adam's apple’
    • ‘So these butterflies are making use of more than the visible portion of the spectrum in order to make itself conspicuous.’
    • ‘In its stunning breeding plumage, the head is largely white with a conspicuous black stripe above the eye.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The most visible and conspicuous fact is that people now live better than half a century ago.’
    • ‘The letter, its title, the box, were so conspicuous, the eye missed everything else on the page.’
    • ‘Surely it could not have been left standing where it was, conspicuous from the town walls.’
    • ‘Construction, however, was a conspicuous exception to the general good news.’
    • ‘They have put up a banner at a very conspicuous spot on a busy street in this ‘happening city’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Short, revealing and as sexy as possible, they come in conspicuous colours.’
    • ‘The most conspicuous result now is the Rideau Canal, an immensely expensive waterway that terminates in Ottawa.’
    • ‘Armoured battle tanks girdled a handful of Boeings and uniformed soldiers were conspicuous.’
    • ‘Its large flowers have a conspicuous mass of red stamens (white in myrtle).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago, when we worked together in north-east England, he was equally conspicuous by wearing a ginger wig.’
    • ‘This was prominently exhibited in the London exhibition, and caused a conspicuous stir among the visitors.’
    • ‘I've often seen bloggers and other webmasters place a wishlist in a conspicuous corner of their page.’
    • ‘All this was done, it may seem, with remarkably little attention to the natural orientations that are so conspicuous on the map.’
    • ‘This site is one of the most conspicuous locations in Brentford.’
    1. 1.1Attracting notice or attention.
      ‘he showed conspicuous bravery’
      • ‘The operation was not a failure, but it was not a conspicuous success either.’
      • ‘The country has taken waves of immigration before, often with a conspicuous lack of success.’
      • ‘Poetry and history trump vulgarity and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘There is conspicuous abundance here in this lovely place, and patent lack.’
      • ‘The Temeraire fought with conspicuous bravery in the battle beside Nelson's flagship Victory.’
      • ‘This is evident in the conspicuous consumption of the elites.’
      • ‘That is precisely what has been tried on Britain's railways, without conspicuous success.’
      • ‘Early in 1798 he was appointed to lead the Army of Italy, which he did with conspicuous success.’
      • ‘His first stint in Italy, then, had not been marked by conspicuous success, with just the solitary cup in five years.’
      • ‘At least the anointed will be able to indulge in conspicuous displays of moral vanity as they fulminate publicly.’
      • ‘Welcome to the world of conspicuous donation, to the fundraising galas that lubricate American high society.’
      • ‘The attitudinal change of adolescents makes its conspicuous presence in the domestic environment.’
      • ‘Regulation of tobacco has not been a conspicuous success at the level of the European Union so far.’
      • ‘This man would have been highly conspicuous and I'm sure would have come to the attention of a large number of passers-by.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If this conspicuous consumption made people more contented, I would be less inclined to question it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two other monuments to conspicuous wealth that lie just across a small bridge will make you yearn for the life of the idle rich.’
      • ‘She has problems concentrating and feels conspicuous in public.’
      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.