archaic : being in the way or in front
: easily discovered, seen, or understood
— ob·vi·ous·ness noun
Examples of OBVIOUS
- Her doctor immediately noticed the obvious signs of the disease.
- She saw only the most obvious differences.
- It was obvious that things weren't working out.
- The answer seems obvious enough to me.
- The problem was immediately obvious to everyone in the room.
- He was the obvious candidate for president.
- The obvious question is: how did he become so successful?
- For obvious reasons, I would not like to reveal my name.
Origin of OBVIOUS
in the way, from ob
in the way of + viam,
accusative of via
way — more at ob-
First Known Use: 1603
Related to OBVIOUS
- apparent, bald, bald-faced, barefaced, bright-line, broad, clear-cut, crystal clear, decided, distinct, evident, lucid, luculent, luminous, manifest, nonambiguous, clear, open-and-shut, palpable, patent, pellucid, perspicuous, plain, ringing, straightforward, transparent, unambiguous, unambivalent, unequivocal, unmistakable
- ambiguous, clouded, cryptic, dark, enigmatic (also enigmatical), equivocal, indistinct, mysterious, nonobvious, obfuscated, obscure, unapparent, unclarified, unclear, unclouded
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