ob·​vi·​ous·​ly | \ˈäb-vē-əs-lē \

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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There’s this balance of doing what’s best for Nola longterm and obviously there’s no right answer for that and what’s best for the Phillies long term and there’s no right answer for that. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Aaron Nola will be eligible to pitch in All-Star Game. Could he start?," 11 July 2018 Getting rid of the pollution would obviously solve the problem. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "What’s an algae bloom and how did it wind up sliming Florida’s biggest lake?," 10 July 2018 And if no team sees fit to part with even one Top 100-type prospect for Jacob deGrom, then obviously the Mets are best served hanging onto their best pitcher. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Why it probably makes sense for the Mets to trade Jacob deGrom," 6 July 2018 Officers said in the arrest report that there was a second Chihuahua in the yard at the house that was obviously afraid of Cortez. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Manchester Police Make Two Animal Cruelty Arrests," 5 July 2018 Military spending obviously is always driven by economic development. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Is It Fair for Trump to Bash NATO Over Military Spending?," 12 July 2018 The queen will obviously be very courteous to him.’’ There are conventions for how to address the queen. BostonGlobe.com, "Royal etiquette for the Trumps’ visit: Don’t kiss the queen," 13 July 2018 Under, which obviously is no goals in the first half, is +$170. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Atlantic City bookies offer odds and props for Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia," 13 July 2018 That's still not ideal, obviously, and makes filters a necessity. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Flint Water Crisis Is Bigger Than Elon Musk," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of obviously

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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