easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage.
lacking in subtlety.
Obsolete. being or standing in the way.
- 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
- oblivious, obvious
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How to use obvious in a sentence
This is a choice by the two companies’ engineers, but when there are modes offered for driver selection, a Winter mode seems like an obvious choice.Ford’s electric Mustang Mach-E is an important leap into the future | Dan Carney | February 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
As if the hazards weren’t obvious, the Forest Service had strapped an emergency spine board to a wooden post directly below.A day’s drive from Chicago, exploring a very different Illinois | Carson Vaughan | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
For the Neanderthals, there doesn't seem to be any sort of obvious difference.What happens when you replace a human gene with its Neanderthal version? | John Timmer | February 11, 2021 | Ars Technica
However, as abundantly obvious given recent fluctuations in model projections more than a couple of days in the future, the specifics of these forecasts are likely to change.Snow expected tonight, mainly south of D.C., before possible ice on Saturday | Jason Samenow, Wes Junker | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
The reason behind this gap in perception between the people who knew Carmichael and those who knew only an image they themselves had helped to create seems obvious.‘The Lady and the Dale’ explores transphobia in 1970s America | John Paul King | February 10, 2021 | Washington Blade
Maxwell was not available for comment but has described all claims against her as “untrue” and “obvious lies.”
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’ | Tom Sykes | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Kevin Fallon | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But what about stuff that has no obvious redeeming qualities to it?Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time | Russell Saunders | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Despite the obvious ongoing problems with disease and access to basics, the future of Africa is bright.
But these were to him things so obvious that he could not conceive any reasonable person doubting them.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
There you are wrong, Rupert, because it's obvious that if he is not Mr. Spurrell, his absence has to be accounted for in some way.
He respected her courage and obvious power to rise above the personal attitude of her sex.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
And everybody, or nearly everybody, bases on these obvious facts a series of entirely erroneous conclusions.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
It was of course obvious that France, the traditional ally of Sweden, dominated Europe.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for obvious
easy to see or understand; evident
exhibiting motives, feelings, intentions, etc, clearly or without subtlety
naive or unsubtle: the play was rather obvious
obsolete being or standing in the way
- obviousness, noun
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