- 1Easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent: unemployment has been the most obvious cost of the recession [with clause]: it was obvious a storm was coming inMore example sentences
clear, crystal clear, plain, plain to see, evident, apparent, manifest, patent, conspicuous, pronounced, transparent, palpable, prominent, marked, decided, distinct, noticeable, unmissable, perceptible, visible, discernible; unmistakable, indisputable, self-evident, incontrovertible, incontestable, undeniable, beyond doubt, beyond question, as clear as day, staring someone in the face; overt, open, undisguised, unconcealed, frank, glaring, blatant, written all over someone• informal as plain as the nose on one's face, sticking/standing out like a sore thumb, right under one's nose
- When you look at these two options in this light, doesn't the answer seem glaringly obvious?
- The Great Bars are dying because of fear and bad science, but the solutions seem pretty obvious.
- All have been glaringly obvious for years, but has Davies done anything about any of them?
- 1.1 • derogatory Predictable and lacking in subtlety: it was an obvious remark to makeMore example sentences
- Even those who like their comedy gently done are likely to find this too flimsy and obvious.
- He had made it painfully obvious that she no longer belonged in his world.
- The casting somehow manages to be terribly clever and terribly obvious at the same time.
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- I have to acknowledge the obviousness because it's not the object per se that is the subject of the work, but the idea that created it.
- Color and composition combine - usually without the obviousness of figuration.
- In its barefaced obviousness, an iceberg seems the broadest hint imaginable; but what is it a hint of?
late 16th century (in the sense 'frequently encountered'): from Latin obvius (from the phrase ob viam 'in the way') + -ous.