conspicuous conspicuous  /kən ˈspɪk ju əs/


  1. (adj) obvious to the eye or mind
  2. (adj) without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious



  1. A doctoral student has found that conspicuous items make up a greater share of the consumption budget in wealthier families.
  2. Economic Scene; It turns out Thorstein Veblen was right: a Princeton doctoral thesis says rich people spend more on conspicuous things.
  3. Plastic surgery is epidemic, but there is nary a conspicuous breast implant in sight.


  1. Father’s Day, and the voice

    A few weeks ago I was in the family room listening to music, when a friend turned to study a picture on the wall. It shows a smiling young man in his Navy uniform, white cap tilted back just so, the three stripes of a petty officer first class showing conspicuously, wire-rimmed glasses with brown eyes underneath. “Is that you?” he asked, sounding fairly certain he had got the identification right.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Wenatchee World

  2. No changes at Blackhawks' morning skate

    Gone were any conspicuous white jerseys, but nothing changed about how the Chicago Blackhawks will approach Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Chicago Tribune

  3. Billionaire Saudi Prince Sues 'Forbes'

    Saudi prince and conspicuous billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal is suing the magazine in a London court. In its annual list of the world's wealthiest people, Forbes estimates bin Talal's fortune at $20 billion. But the prince says the magazine publicly short changed him by nearly $10 billion.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: NPR


  1. However, Sir Igor said the trial had been marked with "conspicuous fairness and commanding judicial control".
    on Apr 23, 2008 By: Igor Judge Source: BBC News

  2. "The goal of the proposed revisions is to make sure that consumers get key information about credit card terms in a clear and conspicuous format and at a time when it would be most useful to them," Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke explained Tuesday....
    on May 23, 2007 By: Ben Bernanke Source: Forbes

  3. "It's true that Chelsea made a conspicuous offer, but I will not say how much it was," Galliani told the Italian press. "It is equally true that we said no. President Silvio Berlusconi rejected the chance to sell Kaka, just as he told Real...
    on Jul 20, 2008 By: Adriano Galliani Source: SkySports

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