Definition of obvious
1 archaic : being in the way or in front
2 : easily discovered, seen, or understood It was obvious that things weren't working out. She stayed for obvious reasons.
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.
Recent Examples of obvious from the Web
Later that same night — when golf clubs become social hubs here — the contrast was even more obvious.
With great weather and a location two hours south of filming’s worldwide hub, San Diego seems like an obvious candidate to become home to far more productions.
At first glance, the answer to that question looks depressingly obvious.
Lavrov and Russia have obvious motivation to lie about what happened.
That was the case with the dining area, which comes between the great room and the kitchen, the two obvious gathering places.
The obvious explanation for this effect—that mice with impaired olfaction were eating less—turned out to be wrong.
Next year is the obvious moment for celebrating the arrival of open-era tennis.
Cozart and Votto were the two Reds players with the most obvious All-Star credentials, although other players with an argument to make the team were left off.
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Synonym Discussion of obvious
OBVIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obvious for English Language Learners
: easy to see or notice
: easy for the mind to understand or recognize
OBVIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of obvious for Students
: 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
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
Additional Notes on obvious
An invention that is found to be obvious cannot be patented.
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