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ˈɒb vi əsob·vi·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obviousadjective

    easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind

    "obvious errors"


  1. obviousadjective

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

  2. Etymology: From obvius, from ob- + via.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OBVIOUSadjective

    Etymology: obvius, Latin.

    To the evil turn
    My obvious breast; arming to overcome
    By suffering, and earn rest from labour won. John Milton.

    Whether such room in nature unpossest
    Only to shine, yet scarce to contribute
    Each orb a glimpse of light, convey’d so far
    Down to this habitable, which returns
    Light back to them, is obvious to dispute. John Milton.

    Why was the sight
    To such a tender ball as th’ eye confin’d,
    So obvious and so easy to be quench’d? John Milton.

    Entertain’d with solitude,
    Where obvious duty ere while appear’d unsought. John Milton.

    They are such lights as are only obvious to every man of sense, who loves poetry and understands it. Dryden.

    I am apt to think many words difficult or obscure, which are obvious to scholars. Jonathan Swift.

    These sentiments, whether they be impressed on the soul, or arise as obvious reflections of our reason, I call natural, because they have been found in all ages. John Rogers.

    All the great lines of our duty are clear and obvious; the extent of it understood, the obligation acknowledged, and the wisdom of complying with it freely confessed. John Rogers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obviousadjective

    opposing; fronting

  2. Obviousadjective

    exposed; subject; open; liable

  3. Obviousadjective

    easily discovered, seen, or understood; readily perceived by the eye or the intellect; plain; evident; apparent; as, an obvious meaning; an obvious remark


  1. Obvious

    "Obvious" is the third single to be released from the American R&B singer LeToya's debut album LeToya. According to Billboard, due to LeToya's popularity and feedback from radio, the single had a 96% chance of becoming a hit, but due to the fusing of Capitol Records and Virgin Records, all funding for the album were frozen until the completion of the merger. In addition to LeToya, the merger affected other Capitol and Virgin Records artist such as Janet Jackson, Chingy, and Cherish, resulting in their respective singles getting no accompanying video or promotion.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obvious

    ob′vi-us, adj. meeting one in the way: easily discovered or understood: evident.—adv. Ob′viously.—n. Ob′viousness. [L. obvius.]


  1. Obvious

    The Obvious Corporation creates technology systems to facilitate the process of collaboration between people to improve the world. Obvious believes that technology has the power to affect individuals, organizations, and society if implemented the right way. After creating Twitter and Odeo, Obvious is being relaunched to bring the world more products that matter.Obvious Corp. was founded in 2006 and is based in San Francisco, California.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obvious' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1193

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obvious' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1536

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obvious' in Adjectives Frequency: #146

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obvious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obvious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of obvious in a Sentence

  1. New Jersey:

    Here is an obvious truth some still try to deny — one meaningful way to make New Jersey more affordable is to make sure more New Jerseyans have a living wage.

  2. Sanford Bernstein analyst Claudio Aspesi:

    There is no obvious path to making it larger and more profitable.

  3. President Vladimir Putin:

    Their goal is obvious: to undermine Russia's power and moral authority ... to divide peoples and set them against each other and use historical speculation in their geopolitical games.

  4. Jamie Heywood:

    Whilst Uber and GMB may not seem like obvious allies, we've always agreed that drivers must come first, and today we have struck this important deal to improve workers' protections.

  5. Andrew Morton:

    It’s obvious Meghan was entering a new world, but it’s my understanding that they tried to help. Diana spoke about the men in gray who were hostile to her because they were supporters of Prince Charles. And they had problems pretty early on in their marriage. But Meghan and Harry were a double act. There wasn’t a cigarette paper between them. They were talented together. And Meghan was seen out and about. Friends of mine used to ring me up and say, ‘I just saw Meghan at such and such.’ She did have a life outside of palace walls and in those early days, she was very popular.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. elusive
    • B. tacky
    • C. ultimo
    • D. omnifarious

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