Definition of obvious in English:

obvious

Syllabification: ob·vi·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈäbvēəs
 
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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
More example sentences
  • 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
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
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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