Meaning of OBVIOUS in English


ˈäbvēəs in rapid speech often ˈävē- adjective

Etymology: Latin obvius, from obviam in the way, towards, about to, from ob to, before, against + viam, accusative of via way, road — more at epi- , via


a. obsolete : presenting itself in the way : occurring often

b. archaic : being in the way or to the front : opposite , fronting

c. : so placed as to be easily or inevitably perceived or noticed

an obvious light switch

2. archaic : liable or exposed to some effect (as injury or mockery) : open , subject

3. : capable of easy perception:

a. : readily perceived by the senses : hard not to perceive, sense, or grasp

the invisible as opposed to the obvious — M.R.Cohen

b. : readily and easily perceived by the sensibilities or mind : requiring very little insight or reflection to perceive, recognize, or comprehend

all was taken in at a glance; the fell purpose … was obvious — Herman Melville

c. : easily understood : requiring no thought or consideration to understand or analyze : so simple and clear as to be unmistakable

poetry, in fact, whatever else it may or may not be, must be poetry — a sound, if obvious , conclusion — C.D.Lewis

d. : disappointingly simple and easy to discover or interpret : wanting in any challenging or interesting complexity or ingenuity

the devices … are rather too obvious — Henry Adams

Synonyms: see evident

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