adjective obliv·i·ous \ə-ˈbli-vē-əs\

: not conscious or aware of someone or something

Full Definition of OBLIVIOUS

:  lacking remembrance, memory, or mindful attention
:  lacking active conscious knowledge or awareness —usually used with of or to
obliv·i·ous·ly adverb
obliv·i·ous·ness noun

Examples of OBLIVIOUS

  1. <the out-of-state motorist claimed to be oblivious of the local speed limit, even though the signs must have been hard to miss>
  2. They were pushing and shouting and oblivious to anyone not in their group. —P. J. O'Rourke, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 1996


(see oblivion)
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with OBLIVIOUS

OBLIVIOUS Defined for Kids


adjective obliv·i·ous \ə-ˈbli-vē-əs\

Definition of OBLIVIOUS for Kids

:  not being conscious or aware <The boys were oblivious to the danger.>
obliv·i·ous·ly adverb


Next Word in the Dictionary: obliviscencePrevious Word in the Dictionary: oblivionizeAll Words Near: oblivious
July 02, 2015
apprehension Hear it
comprehension or the fear of future evil
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears