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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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