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obtuse

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1 lacking sharpness of edge or point

  • obtuse scissors designed so that young users will not cut themselves
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2 not having or showing an ability to absorb ideas readily

  • forgive me for being obtuse, but I wish you'd explain that to me again
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dull, blunt, obtuse mean not sharp, keen, or acute. dull suggests a lack or loss of keenness, zest, or pungency.
    • a dull pain
    • a dull mind
blunt suggests an inherent lack of sharpness or quickness of feeling or perception.
    • a person of blunt sensibility
obtuse implies such bluntness as makes one insensitive in perception or imagination.
    • too obtuse to take the hint


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