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    Conspicuous

    In my dictionary, the definition of the word "conspicuous" goes like this:
    1.Clearly visible; striking to the eye; attracting notice 2. Remarkable of its kind (Conspicuous extravagance)

    To use the word "conspicuous", does it have to be striking to the eye? Can it also be striking, noticeable to the ear (ex. the sound was conspicuous)?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Conspicuous

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    Yes, any of the senses can be conspicuous. A skunk has a conspicuous white stripe to warn us of its conspicuous odour.

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    Re: Conspicuous

    So to call something conspicuous it doesnt need to be noticeable only to the eye, just noticeable in general (conspicuous smell, conspicuous sound etc...)?
    Last edited by Blabbermouth; 17-Jun-2005 at 18:39.


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    Re: Conspicuous

    Yes, and it could also be something intangible, or even missing- a conspicuous lack.

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