- 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 obvious
Maxwell was not available for comment but has described all claims against her as “untrue” and “obvious lies.”From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
Maxwell was not available for comment describes all claims against her as “untrue” and “obvious lies.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
There was the obvious sight gags of Valerie not realizing who everyone was clapping for, when the party was clapping for her.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
But what about stuff that has no obvious redeeming qualities to it?Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time
December 26, 2014
Despite the obvious ongoing problems with disease and access to basics, the future of Africa is bright.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
December 22, 2014
She smiled rather painfully, with an obvious effort to be conventional.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The remedy, however, to my mind, is obvious and suggests itself.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Transcriber's Note on text: Some obvious errors have been corrected.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
He went on speaking with obvious enjoyment of the extent to which his knowledge reached.Within the Law
It is obvious that a great deal depends on the mode of suspension.
- 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 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.