conspicuous


conspicuous
con|spic|u|ous [kənˈspıkjuəs] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: conspicuus, from conspicere 'to get to see', from com- ( COM-) + specere 'to look']
1.) very easy to notice
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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