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Definition of obviously

1 : in an obvious manner showed his anger obviously
2 : 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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Recent Examples on the Web But obviously rebounding has been a big key to our success all season. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Justise Winslow proving solid fit in Heat second unit in concussion return," 30 Nov. 2019 Losing to Virginia is painful enough, obviously, with the loss of the Coastal just more salt in the wound. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Friday's winners and losers in college football led by Virginia and Texas," 30 Nov. 2019 The music superstar was obviously perfectly accessorized for the occasion, wearing a Louis Vuitton bag in the shape of a soccer ball. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Rihanna's Louis Vuitton Soccer Ball Bag is Such a Fun 90's Throwback," 28 Nov. 2019 The overwhelming number of applications means that a cut has to happen, yet the way the Probatoire is structured obviously favors tough young athletes. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 Consciously or unconsciously, non-Southerners may be letting prejudice keep them from accepting the obviously superior pronoun. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "The trends that may end the “y’all” vs “you guys” debate," 26 Nov. 2019 Such a large treaty was obviously fraught with some dangers. Vk Vijayakumar, Quartz India, "India’s RCEP walkout shows its industry is still incompetent," 21 Nov. 2019 While having a suite with fully closing doors would obviously be more desirable for privacy, the dividers on these new seats get most of the job done. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flying Delta One's New Seat Is Like Having a Personal Living Room in the Sky," 21 Nov. 2019 Given the several fire whirls that preceded the fire tornado, an abnormally high amount of rotation obviously existed in the area. Jason M. Forthofer, Scientific American, "Can Scientists Predict Fire Tornadoes?," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of obviously

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Dec 2019

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“Obviously.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obviously. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of obviously

: in a way that is easy to see, understand, or recognize
used to emphasize that you are talking about something that is easy to see, understand, or recognize

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