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"Conspicuous" is an adjective which is often translated as "visible", and "obvious" is an adjective which is often translated as "obvio". Learn more about the difference between "conspicuous" and "obvious" below.
conspicuous
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (able to be seen)
a. visible
The military presence was conspicuous as we drove through the town.La presencia militar era visible cuando pasamos por la ciudad.
2. (noticeable)
a. llamativo (clothes or color)
The guide wore a conspicuous green jacket.El guía llevaba puesta una chaqueta verde bien llamativa.
b. notorio
Despite the propaganda there are conspicuous differences between the attitudes of the two nations.A pesar de la propaganda hay diferencias notorias entre las actitudes de las dos naciones.
c. rotundo
This is not the first time the agency has been involved in a conspicuous failure.No es la primera vez que la agencia se ha visto involucrada en un fracaso rotundo.
d. evidente
There was a conspicuous error in the formula.Hubo un error evidente en la fórmula.
e. manifiesto
The center suffers from a conspicuous lack of support from the authorities.El centro sufre de una carencia manifiesta de apoyo de parte de las autoridades.
f. que llama la atención
The young guy was conspicuous because he kept checking his watch and looking at the rear door.El joven llamaba la atención porque no paraba de mirar el reloj y luego miraba la puerta de atrás.
g.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Books and materials were conspicuous by their absence.Los libros y materiales brillaban por su ausencia.
The young volunteers were conspicuous for their enthusiasm and work rate.Los voluntarios jóvenes destacaban por su entusiasmo y ritmo de trabajo.
3. (outstanding)
a. destacado
The soldier was decorated for conspicuous gallantry.El soldado fue condecorado por su valentía destacada.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (clear)
a. obvio
It is obvious that you don't care at all about my feelings.Es obvio que no te importan para nada mis sentimientos.
b. claro
With his years of experience, he has an obvious advantage in this contest.Con sus años de experiencia, tiene una clara ventaja en este concurso.
c. evidente
With the hurricane coming this way, we are all in obvious danger.Con el huracán que se aproxima, estamos todos en evidente peligro.
d. patente
They made it obvious that they had been fighting.Hicieron muy patente el hecho que habían estado peleando.
e. lógico
The obvious solution is to build the tower closer to the highway.La solución lógica es construir la torre más cerca de la carretera.
f.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It was obvious to us that there was no chance of winning the case.Nos dimos cuenta de que no había ninguna posibilidad de ganar el caso.
It was perfectly obvious that she was not at all willing to help us.No cabía ni la menor duda de que no estaba para nada dispuesta a ayudarnos.
2. (unsubtle)
a. evidente
His speech was an obvious ploy to get support from the opposition.Su discurso fue un evidente ardid para conseguir el apoyo de la oposición.
b. obvio
Mirella is able to attract the attention of potential customers in the store with her obvious charms.Mirella puede atraer la atención de los clientes potenciales en la tienda con sus obvios encantos.
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