[ ob-vee-uhs ]
/ ˈɒb vi əs /
easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage.
lacking in subtlety.
Obsolete. being or standing in the way.
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Origin of obvious
ob·vi·ous·ly, adverbob·vi·ous·ness, nounnon·ob·vi·ous, adjectivenon·ob·vi·ous·ly, adverb
non·ob·vi·ous·ness, nouno·ver·ob·vi·ous, adjectivepre·ob·vi·ous, adjectivepre·ob·vi·ous·ly, adverbpre·ob·vi·ous·ness, nounun·ob·vi·ous, adjectiveun·ob·vi·ous·ly, adverbun·ob·vi·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedoblivious obvious
1. See apparent.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-obvious
/ (ˈɒbvɪəs) /
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
Derived Formsobviousness, noun
Word Origin for obvious
C16: from Latin obvius, from obviam in the way, from ob- against + via way
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