One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Denoting exposure or openness.‘obverse’
- 1.1 Expressing meeting or facing.‘observe’
- 1.1 Expressing meeting or facing.
2Denoting opposition, hostility, or resistance.‘obstacle’
- 2.1 Denoting hindrance, blocking, or concealment.‘obviate’‘obliterate’
- 2.1 Denoting hindrance, blocking, or concealment.
3Denoting extensiveness, finality, or completeness.‘obsolete’‘obdurate’
4(in modern technical words) inversely; in a direction or manner contrary to the usual.‘obconical’
Ob- occurs mainly in words of Latin origin. It is also found assimilated in the following forms: oc- before c (occasion); of- before f (offend); op- before p (oppress)
From Latin ob ‘towards, against, in the way of’.
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