nonobvious

adjective non·ob·vi·ous \ ˌnän-ˈäb-vē-əs \

Definition of nonobvious

: not easily discovered, seen, or understood : not obvious
  • nonobvious trends
  • a nonobvious solution

nonobviousness

noun
    • In order to be patentable the improvement itself must meet all three requirements of novelty, utility, and nonobviousness.
    • —Earl W. Kintner and Jack L. Lahr

First Known Use of nonobvious

1888

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