- 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 unobvious
There are some odd crudenesses in Theda Baras acting which had the effect of making her un-stagey, unobvious.
My Cleverness is of high quality—even supernatural, I have thought—and is of unobvious tenors.
- 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 unobvious
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.