non·​ob·​vi·​ous | \ ˌnän-ˈäb-vē-əs How to pronounce nonobvious (audio) \

Definition of nonobvious

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

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Other Words from nonobvious

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

Examples of nonobvious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rise of cloud computing, open-source platforms and the API economy has contributed in both obvious and nonobvious ways to this transformation. Romi Stein, Forbes, 1 June 2021 To get a patent, an invention must be novel, nonobvious and useful—all reasonable requirements. Paul R. Michel And Matthew J. Dowd, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2020 And to also keep nonobvious stuff on hand — like teddy bears for the kids, a rubber bone for the dog and $50 in cash, all in $1 bills. Steve Rubenstein,, 11 June 2019 But nonobvious money trails are popular on both ends of the spectrum. Scott Walter, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nonobvious

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonobvious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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