ob·​vi·​ous·​ly ˈäb-vē-əs-lē How to pronounce obviously (audio)
: in an obvious manner
showed his anger obviously
: as is plainly evident
Obviously, something is wrong.
She obviously enjoys her work.

Examples of obviously in a Sentence

She obviously enjoys her work. Their answer was obviously wrong. That's obviously not her real name.
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Word History

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of obviously was in 1638

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Cite this Entry

“Obviously.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obviously. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: in an obvious manner
obviously enjoys her work
dealing with an obviously difficult subject
: it is obvious
obviously, this is only a beginning
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