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Meaning of obvious by Wiktionary Dictionary


    "Water is wet" is an obvious statement.


    From Latin obvius ( “being in the way so as to meet, meeting, easy to access, at hand, ready, obvious” ), from ob- ( “before” ) + via ( “way” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈɒb.viː.əs/


    obvious ( comparative more obvious, superlative most obvious )

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


    • See also Wikisaurus:obvious .

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    • obvious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • obvious in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of obvious by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind

    2. obvious errors

    Definition of obvious by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Obvious a. [L. obvius; ob ( see Ob- ) + via way. See Voyage.]
      1. Opposing; fronting. [Obs.]

      To the evil turn

      My obvious breast. Milton.

      2. Exposed; subject; open; liable. [Obs.] “Obvious to dispute.” Milton.

      3. Easily discovered, seen, or understood; readily perceived by the eye or the intellect; plain; evident; apparent; as, “an obvious meaning; an obvious remark.”

      Apart and easy to be known they lie,

      Amidst the heap, and obvious to the eye. Pope.

      Syn. -- Plain; clear; evident. See Manifest.

      -- Obviously, adv. -- Obvious-ness, n.