Definition of obvious in English:



  • 1Easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent.

    ‘unemployment has been the most obvious cost of the recession’
    [with clause] ‘it was obvious a storm was coming in’
    • ‘His posthumous political importance is obvious to any observer of the Indian scene.’
    • ‘The sets and costumes are great but all these aesthetics were obvious from the beginning.’
    • ‘In the end, after a couple of weeks the answer was blindingly obvious.’
    • ‘And now, after a week, it's become pretty obvious the someone is going to be me.’
    • ‘When you look at these two options in this light, doesn't the answer seem glaringly obvious?’
    • ‘I think this will appear obvious to the audience.’
    • ‘By the end of the eighteenth century the damage was obvious to many observers.’
    • ‘All have been glaringly obvious for years, but has Davies done anything about any of them?’
    • ‘And that, for fairly obvious reasons, was almost entirely coming from the sea.’
    • ‘The incremental changes, if any, will be more obvious in retrospect.’
    • ‘As was obvious from the outset, the treaty obligation is proving unenforceable.’
    • ‘The Gaffer's part in it all is a bit less obvious, though.’
    • ‘Compulsions are obvious to an observer and can cause considerable shame and embarrassment.’
    • ‘Okay, so there was the closet, but that was a bit too obvious.’
    • ‘Even then, there are hints of Derek's darkness that are only obvious in retrospect.’
    • ‘The most obvious reason for this condition is that the Europeans insist on it.’
    • ‘The Great Bars are dying because of fear and bad science, but the solutions seem pretty obvious.’
    • ‘But the ultimate solution was not obvious at the time.’
    • ‘He'd seemed astounded, but poor Ryan had been making himself painfully obvious.’
    • ‘The shortage of railway capacity becomes most obvious during the Spring Festival.’
    clear, plain, plain to see, crystal clear, evident, apparent, manifest, patent, conspicuous, pronounced, transparent, clear-cut, palpable, prominent, marked, decided, salient, striking, distinct, bold, noticeable, perceptible, perceivable, visible, discernible, detectable, observable, tangible, recognizable
    unmistakable, indisputable, self-evident, incontrovertible, incontestable, axiomatic, demonstrable, undeniable, as plain as a pikestaff, staring someone in the face, writ large, beyond doubt, beyond question, written all over one, as clear as day, blinding, inescapable
    overt, open, undisguised, unconcealed, frank, glaring, blatant, flagrant
    as plain as the nose on one's face, standing out like a sore thumb, sticking out like a sore thumb, standing out a mile, sticking out a mile, right under one's nose
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    1. 1.1derogatory Predictable and lacking in subtlety.
      ‘it was an obvious remark to make’
      • ‘Even those who like their comedy gently done are likely to find this too flimsy and obvious.’
      • ‘The casting somehow manages to be terribly clever and terribly obvious at the same time.’
      • ‘He had made it painfully obvious that she no longer belonged in his world.’
      foreseeable, expected, par for the course
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘frequently encountered’): from Latin obvius (from the phrase ob viam in the way) + -ous.