Definition of obvious in English:

obvious

Line breaks: ob¦vi|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈɒbvɪəs
 
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adjective

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 in
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  • 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?
Synonyms
1.1 derogatory Predictable and lacking in subtlety: it was an obvious remark to make
More 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.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'frequently encountered'): from Latin obvius (from the phrase ob viam 'in the way') + -ous.

Derivatives

obviousness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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?

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