obvious

[ ob-vee-uhs ]
/ ˈɒb vi əs /

adjective

easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage.
lacking in subtlety.
Obsolete. being or standing in the way.

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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)

SYNONYMS FOR obvious

ANTONYMS FOR obvious

synonym study for obvious

1. See apparent.

OTHER WORDS FROM obvious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH obvious

oblivious obvious

Words nearby obvious

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Example sentences from the Web for unobvious

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British Dictionary definitions for unobvious

obvious
/ (ˈɒbvɪəs) /

adjective

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 of obvious

obviousness, noun

Word Origin for obvious

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