- easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage.
- lacking in subtlety.
- Obsolete. being or standing in the way.
Origin of obvious
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Examples from the Web for non-obvious
Down road will be battles over whether cDNA is non-obvious.Why the Supreme Court’s DNA Decision Is a Big Deal
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This is a difficult standard to meet, especially in regard to the requirement that your invention be non-obvious.Was Martha Stewart Plagiarized? Debating Patents for Recipes
February 17, 2012
- easy to see or understand; evident
- exhibiting motives, feelings, intentions, etc, clearly or without subtlety
- naive or unsubtlethe play was rather obvious
- obsolete being or standing in the way
Word Origin and History for non-obvious
1580s, "frequently met with," from Latin obvius "that is in the way, presenting itself readily, open, exposed, commonplace," from obviam (adv.) "in the way," from ob "against" (see ob-) + viam, accusative of via "way" (see via). Meaning "plain to see, evident" is first recorded 1630s. Related: Obviously; obviousness.