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
There are also obvious concerns: Bikes blocking the sidewalk, bikes clustering all in one spot (the bottom of a hilly neighborhood, for instance) and bikes that are poorly maintained.
Carter recommends fishing areas where there is obvious current flow for best action;
And, denying the obvious and claiming that global warming is a hoax is especially disconcerting for Floridians, where issues like the greenhouse effect on water levels and flooding are a major concern.
While the levy is widely projected to boost government revenue and increase the ease of doing business in the world’s largest democracy, attention is also focusing on less obvious outcomes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy.
The silver-screen riffs range from the bitingly clever to the obvious (well, nobody's perfect), but the attention to detail is impressive throughout.
A Portuguese Air Force statement says there was no obvious reason for the fire off the Spanish coast Sunday.
With hydrogen ruled out as a buoyant material for obvious reasons, the next best option is helium, which is more expensive and less effective.
The plot twists, Easter eggs and surprises are either obvious or labored.
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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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