[ 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.

Origin of obvious

1580–90; < Latin obvius in the way, lying in the path, equivalent to ob- ob- + vi(a) way1 + -us adj. suffix (see -ous)

Related forms

Can be confused

oblivious obvious

Synonym study

1. See apparent.
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 Forms

obviousness, noun

Word Origin for obvious

C16: from Latin obvius, from obviam in the way, from ob- against + via way
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