- 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
Contemporary Examples of non-obvious
Down road will be battles over whether cDNA is non-obvious.Why the Supreme Court’s DNA Decision Is a Big Deal
June 13, 2013
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 for 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.