Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Easy to notice; obvious.
  • adj. Attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticeable. See Synonyms at noticeable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Obvious or easy to notice.
  • adj. Noticeable or attracting attention, especially if unattractive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Open to the view; obvious to the eye; easy to be seen; plainly visible; manifest; attracting the eye.
  • adj. Obvious to the mental eye; easily recognized; clearly defined; notable; prominent; eminent; distinguished.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Open to the view; catching the eye; easy to be seen; manifest.
  • Obvious to the mind; readily attracting or forcing itself upon the attention; clearly or extensively known, perceived, or understood; striking.
  • Hence Eminent; notable; distinguished: as, a man of conspicuous talents; a woman of conspicuous virtues.
  • Synonyms Illustrious, eminent, celebrated, remarkable, marked, notable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
  • adj. obvious to the eye or mind

Etymologies

From Latin cōnspicuus, from cōnspicere, to observe : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin conspicuus ("visible, striking"), from cōnspicere ("to notice"), from con- ("with, together") + specere ("to look at") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Buffons,” after the title conspicuous on a volume of the Suites a Buffon, [11] which stood on my shelf in the chart room.

    Autobiography and Selected Essays

  • My brother officers were as good fellows as sailors ought to be and generally are, but, naturally, they neither knew nor cared anything about my pursuits, nor understood why I should be so zealous in pursuit of the objects which my friends, the middies, † christened “Buffons,” after the title conspicuous on a volume of the Suites a Buffon, ‡ which stood on my shelf in the chart room.

    Autobiography

  • In the term conspicuous is included plants that attract general attention.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • "Buffons," after the title conspicuous on a volume of the Suites a Buffon, which stood on my shelf in the chart room.

    Autobiography and Selected Essays

  • "Buffons," after the title conspicuous on a volume of the "Suites a Buffon," which stood on my shelf in the chart-room.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • My brother officers were as good fellows as sailors ought to be and generally are, but, naturally, they neither knew nor cared anything about my pursuits, nor understood why I should be so zealous in pursuit of the objects which my friends, the middies, christened "Buffons," after the title conspicuous on a volume of the "Suites a Buffon," which stood on my shelf in the chart-room.

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 1

  • "Buffons," after the title conspicuous on a volume of the Suites a

    Autobiography and Selected Essays

  • "As he is also an item of expense, and commonly serves no industrial purpose, he holds a well-assured place in men's regard as a thing of good repute," Veblen wrote in his celebrated Theory of the Leisure Class, the book that brought us the term conspicuous consumption.

    NPR Topics: News

  • So the researchers went back to Thorstein Veblen, who coined the term conspicuous consumption.

    If you can't stand the heat...

  • “The LDS community is very prone to what we call conspicuous consumption,” he said.

    www.Mormon

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  • KENSPECKLE. i PRESUME!

    August 7, 2011

  • WIZARD
    Well, you can't. As for you, my fine
    friend -- you're a victim of disorganized
    thinking. You are under the unfortunate
    delusion that simply because you run away
    from danger, you have no courage. You're
    confusing courage with wisdom. Back where
    I come from, we have men who are called
    heroes. Once a year, they take their
    fortitude out of mothballs and parade it
    down the main street of the city. And they
    have no more courage than you have. But!
    They have one thing that you haven't got!
    A medal! Therefore -- for meritorious....
    conduct, extraordinary valor, conspicuous
    bravery against wicked witches, I award you
    the Triple Cross.

    June 10, 2010

  • Her experiences in London had led her to believe that the best way of not exciting suspicion was to make oneself conspicuous. -- ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008

  • I like the expression"conspicuous by its absence", but some may regard it as a cliché.

    May 26, 2007

  • Kenspeckle is far superior.

    December 7, 2006