[ 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.
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Origin of obvious
synonym study for obvious
1. See apparent.
OTHER WORDS FROM obvious
ob·vi·ous·ly, adverbob·vi·ous·ness, nounnon·ob·vi·ous, adjectivenon·ob·vi·ous·ly, adverb
non·ob·vi·ous·ness, nouno·ver·ob·vi·ous, adjectivepre·ob·vi·ous, adjectivepre·ob·vi·ous·ly, adverbpre·ob·vi·ous·ness, nounun·ob·vi·ous, adjectiveun·ob·vi·ous·ly, adverbun·ob·vi·ous·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH obviousoblivious obvious
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Example sentences from the Web for unobvious
My Cleverness is of high quality—even supernatural, I have thought—and is of unobvious tenors.
There are some odd crudenesses in Theda Baras acting which had the effect of making her un-stagey, unobvious.
British Dictionary definitions for unobvious
/ (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 of obviousobviousness, noun
Word Origin for obvious
C16: from Latin obvius, from obviam in the way, from ob- against + via way
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