obvious

adjective
ob·​vi·​ous | \ ˈäb-vē-əs How to pronounce obvious (audio) \

Definition of obvious

1 : easily discovered, seen, or understood It was obvious that things weren't working out. She stayed for obvious reasons.
2 archaic : being in the way or in front

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obviousness noun

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evident, manifest, patent, distinct, obvious, apparent, plain, clear mean readily perceived or apprehended. evident implies presence of visible signs that lead one to a definite conclusion. an evident fondness for sweets manifest implies an external display so evident that little or no inference is required. manifest hostility patent applies to a cause, effect, or significant feature that is clear and unmistakable once attention has been directed to it. patent defects distinct implies such sharpness of outline or definition that no unusual effort to see or hear or comprehend is required. a distinct refusal obvious implies such ease in discovering that it often suggests conspicuousness or little need for perspicacity in the observer. the obvious solution apparent is very close to evident except that it may imply more conscious exercise of inference. for no apparent reason plain suggests lack of intricacy, complexity, or elaboration. her feelings about him are plain clear implies an absence of anything that confuses the mind or obscures the pattern. a clear explanation

Examples of obvious in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web While an unusual name, ethnicity, gender, and immigration status are the most obvious markers of atypicality, a CEO's career path also offers opportunities to be different. Christian Stadler, Forbes, "Why Atypical CEOs Have An Edge," 25 Feb. 2021 Perhaps the only position where this dynamic exists on offense right now, but one of the most obvious examples on the entire roster. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football has no choice but to trust young talent more in 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 The trend was most obvious in San Francisco, which has seen the most dramatic year-over-year median one-bedroom rent decline of any major market. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, "Despite pandemic nosedive, S.F.'s rental prices still highest in nation, report shows," 24 Feb. 2021 The website with the most obvious name—Chess.com—delivers on its promise: Everyone from newbies to grandmasters has a place here. Owen Poindexter, Wired, "8 Great Chess Apps for Beginners and Grand Masters," 24 Feb. 2021 The most obvious candidates to be cut include right guard Trai Turner, cornerback Casey Hayward and defensive tackle Linval Joseph. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers and tight end Hunter Henry want to reunite, but will they have to tag him?," 23 Feb. 2021 It’s an escapist hour produced in a way that could not escape the most obvious end result: Regan was diagnosed with COVID in December. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "On the Rocks Hopes You’re Cool With Ignoring All the Bad Stuff," 23 Feb. 2021 RB Chris Carson seems like the most obvious candidate, but he's had too many injuries and only played 38% of the snaps in 2020. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Franchise tag recommendations for all 32 NFL teams as two-week window opens," 23 Feb. 2021 The most obvious factor, of course, is the extreme weather conditions. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Massive Power Failure Could Finally Cause Texas to Connect with the Nation’s Power Grids," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of obvious

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for obvious

Latin obvius, from obviam in the way, from ob in the way of + viam, accusative of via way — more at ob-, via

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The first known use of obvious was in 1583

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“Obvious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obvious. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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obvious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of obvious

: easy to see or notice
: easy for the mind to understand or recognize

obvious

adjective
ob·​vi·​ous | \ ˈäb-vē-əs How to pronounce obvious (audio) \

Kids Definition of obvious

: easily found, seen, or understood He … held on to me, even after it was obvious that I was not going to fall.— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

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obviously adverb
obviousness noun

obvious

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ob·​vi·​ous

Legal Definition of obvious

: easily seen, discovered, or understood specifically : readily apparent to a person of ordinary skill in a particular art considering the scope and content of the prior art — see also patent

Note: An invention that is found to be obvious cannot be patented.

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