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  1. easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage.

  2. lacking in subtlety.

  1. Obsolete. being or standing in the way.

Origin of obvious

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin obvius “in the way, lying in the path,” equivalent to ob- ob- + vi(a) way1 + -us, adjective suffix (see -ous)

synonym study For obvious

1. See apparent.

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Other words from obvious

  • ob·vi·ous·ly, adverb
  • ob·vi·ous·ness, noun
  • non·ob·vi·ous, adjective
  • non·ob·vi·ous·ly, adverb
  • non·ob·vi·ous·ness, noun
  • o·ver·ob·vi·ous, adjective
  • pre·ob·vi·ous, adjective
  • pre·ob·vi·ous·ly, adverb
  • pre·ob·vi·ous·ness, noun
  • un·ob·vi·ous, adjective
  • un·ob·vi·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·ob·vi·ous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for obvious


/ (ˈɒbvɪəs) /

  1. easy to see or understand; evident

  2. exhibiting motives, feelings, intentions, etc, clearly or without subtlety

  1. naive or unsubtle: the play was rather obvious

  2. obsolete being or standing in the way

Origin of obvious

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

Derived forms of obvious

  • obviousness, noun

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