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kənˈspɪk yu əscon·spic·u·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conspicuousadjective

    obvious to the eye or mind

    "a tower conspicuous at a great distance"; "wore conspicuous neckties"; "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening"

  2. blatant, blazing, conspicuousadjective

    without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

    "blatant disregard of the law"; "a blatant appeal to vanity"; "a blazing indiscretion"


  1. conspicuousadjective

    Obvious or easy to notice.

    He was conspicuous by his absence.

  2. conspicuousadjective

    Noticeable or attracting attention, especially if unattractive.

    He had a conspicuous lump on his forehead.

  3. Etymology: From conspicuus, from conspicere, from con- + specere

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: conspicuus, Latin.

    Or come I less conspicuous? Or what change
    Absents thee? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 107.

    He attributed to each of them that virtue which he thought most conspicuous in them. John Dryden, Juven. Dedication.

    Thy father’s merit points thee out to view,
    And sets thee in the fairest point of light,
    To make thy virtues or thy faults conspicuous. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    The house of lords,
    Conspicuous scene! Alexander Pope, Epist. of Horace.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conspicuousadjective

    open to the view; obvious to the eye; easy to be seen; plainly visible; manifest; attracting the eye

  2. Conspicuousadjective

    obvious to the mental eye; easily recognized; clearly defined; notable; prominent; eminent; distinguished; as, a conspicuous excellence, or fault

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conspicuous

    kon-spik′ū-us, adj. clearly seen: visible to eye or mind: prominent.—ns. Conspicū′ity, Conspic′uousness.—adv. Conspic′uously. [L. conspicuusconspicĕrecon, inten., spicĕre, to look.]


  1. Conspicuous

    striking: easily seen at a glance.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conspicuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conspicuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of conspicuous in a Sentence

  1. George Will:

    The gap between ideals and actualities, between dreams and achievements, the gap that can spur strong men to increased exertions, but can break the spirit of others -- this gap is the most conspicuous, continuous land mark in American history. It is conspicuous and continuous not because Americans achieve little, but because they dream grandly. The gap is a standing reproach to Americans; but it marks them off as a special and singularly admirable community among the world's peoples.

  2. Arthur Koestler:

    If conquerors be regarded as the engine-drivers of History, then the conquerors of thought are perhaps the pointsmen who, less conspicuous to the traveler's eye, determine the direction of the journey.

  3. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    I would anticipate in the days ahead that you'll see more of a conspicuous, concerted effort on the part of the U.S. government to communicate with the American people about the risks of this virus and the steps that they can take to protect themselves.

  4. Thorstein Veblen:

    Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.

  5. Kenta Maruyama:

    Conspicuous weakness in exports...reflected a rapid decrease in car shipments due to production cuts, forced by semiconductors and other parts’ shortage.

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