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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: conspicuus, from conspicere 'to get to see', from com- ( COM-) + specere 'to look'

conspicuous

adjective
     
con‧spic‧u‧ous
1 very easy to notice [≠ inconspicuous]:
The notice must be displayed in a conspicuous place.
a bird with conspicuous white markings
I felt very conspicuous in my red coat.
2 conspicuous success, courage etc is very great and impressive:
He had represented Italy with conspicuous success.
The award is given for notable or conspicuous achievement in science.
3

be conspicuous by your/its absence

used to say that someone or something is not somewhere where they were expected to be:
a group that were conspicuous by their absence from the awards ceremony

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