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1. Easy to notice; obvious: a conspicuous flaw in the construction.
2. Attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticeable. See Synonyms at noticeable.

[From Latin cōnspicuus, from cōnspicere, to observe : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

con·spic′u·ous·ly adv.
con·spic′u·ous·ness n.
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Adv.1.conspicuously - in a manner tending to attract attention; "there have been plenty of general declarations about willingness to meet and talk, but conspicuously no mention of time and place"
inconspicuously - in a manner intended to avoid attracting attention; "he had entered the room inconspicuously"
2.conspicuously - in a prominent way; "the new car was prominently displayed in the driveway"
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[kənˈspɪkjʊəslɪ] ADV
1. (= so as to attract attention) [behave, act] → de modo que llama la atención; [dressed] → de forma muy llamativa
2. (= noticeably) [worried, uncomfortable, embarrassed] → visiblemente
to be conspicuously absentbrillar por su ausencia
he has remained conspicuously silent on the issuede forma ostensible, ha guardado silencio respecto al asunto
she had been conspicuously successfulobtuvo un éxito rotundo
they have conspicuously failed to solve the problemes muy evidente que no han conseguido resolver el problema
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(= prominently)gut sichtbar
(= noticeably) silent, uneasyauffällig, auffallend; successfulbemerkenswert; to be conspicuously lacking in somethingetw offenkundig nicht haben; to be conspicuously absent (person)durch Abwesenheit glänzen; the government has conspicuously failed to intervenees wurde übel vermerkt, dass die Regierung nicht eingegriffen hat
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[kənˈspɪkjʊəslɪ] adv (behave) → in modo da farsi notare; (successful) → notevolmente; (dressed) → vistosamente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(kənˈspikjuəs) adjective
very noticeable. Her blond hair made her conspicuous in the crowd.
conˈspicuously adverb
conˈspicuousness noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
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To his left, back of the rows of citizens, was a spacious temporary platform upon which were seated the scholars who were to take part in the exercises of the evening; rows of small boys, washed and dressed to an intolerable state of discomfort; rows of gawky big boys; snowbanks of girls and young ladies clad in lawn and muslin and conspicuously conscious of their bare arms, their grand- mothers' ancient trinkets, their bits of pink and blue ribbon and the flowers in their hair.
It stood out conspicuously. He pressed the call-bell twice, and a moment later Dede Mason entered.
The house was standing, still vacant and conspicuously unfit, when I last heard of it, some twenty years afterward.
She was conspicuously less in height, her hair was rather bright red than golden, and her face had more meanings than the faces of her fellows.
He taught certain uncouth lads, when they were of an age to enter society, the intricacies of contra dances, or the steps of the schottische and mazurka, and he was a marked figure in all social assemblies, though conspicuously absent from town-meetings and the purely masculine gatherings at the store or tavern or bridge.
Few of them were conspicuously hairy, at least until the end of my time upon the island.
It was not against the possible re-entrance of Miss Jessel on the scene that she protested-- it was conspicuously and passionately against mine.
The most conspicuously situated lady in that massed flower-bed of feminine show and finery inclined her head by way of assent, and then the spokesman of the prisoners delivered himself and his fellows into her hands for free pardon, ransom, captivity, or death, as she in her good pleasure might elect; and this, as he said, he was doing by command of Sir Kay the Senes- chal, whose prisoners they were, he having vanquished them by his single might and prowess in sturdy conflict in the field.
But, as has been frequently observed in the course of this great history, he only talked nonsense when he touched on chivalry, and in discussing all other subjects showed that he had a clear and unbiassed understanding; so that at every turn his acts gave the lie to his intellect, and his intellect to his acts; but in the case of these second counsels that he gave Sancho he showed himself to have a lively turn of humour, and displayed conspicuously his wisdom, and also his folly.
I should like to know, too, by what mysterious law of nature it is that before you have left your watch "to be repaired" half an hour, some one is sure to stop you in the street and conspicuously ask you the time.
But he had not meant to act on it; he was too busy, to begin with, and he did not care, as an engaged man, to play too conspicuously the part of Madame Olenska's champion.
Ah Moy, had he not long since been delivered back to China by the immigration authorities, could have told him the meaning of that swelling, just as he could have told Dag Daughtry the meaning of the increasing area of numbness between his eyes where the tiny, vertical, lion-lines were cutting more conspicuously. Also, could he have told him what was wrong with the little finger on his left hand.