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Dictionary Definition

obvious adj
1 easily perceived or understood; "obvious errors" [ant: unobvious]
2 easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind; "a perceptible sense of expectation in the court"; "an obvious (or palpable) lie" [syn: perceptible]
3 obvious to the eye or mind; "a tower conspicuous at a great distance"; "wore conspicuous neckties"; "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening" [syn: conspicuous] [ant: inconspicuous]
4 obvious to the eye; "a visible change of expression" [syn: visible]

User Contributed Dictionary



obvius from ob- + via way.


  • /ɒbviːəs/


  1. Easily discovered, seen, or understood; self-explanatory.


easily discovered or understood; self-explanatory

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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