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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’
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, recognizableunmistakable, 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, inescapableovert, open, undisguised, unconcealed, frank, glaring, blatant, flagrantas 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 noseView synonyms
- ‘Even then, there are hints of Derek's darkness that are only obvious in retrospect.’
- ‘The Gaffer's part in it all is a bit less obvious, though.’
- ‘When you look at these two options in this light, doesn't the answer seem glaringly obvious?’
- ‘In the end, after a couple of weeks the answer was blindingly obvious.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘All have been glaringly obvious for years, but has Davies done anything about any of them?’
- ‘The incremental changes, if any, will be more obvious in retrospect.’
- ‘Compulsions are obvious to an observer and can cause considerable shame and embarrassment.’
- ‘And that, for fairly obvious reasons, was almost entirely coming from the sea.’
- ‘And now, after a week, it's become pretty obvious the someone is going to be me.’
- ‘His posthumous political importance is obvious to any observer of the Indian scene.’
- ‘By the end of the eighteenth century the damage was obvious to many observers.’
- ‘The Great Bars are dying because of fear and bad science, but the solutions seem pretty obvious.’
- ‘The most obvious reason for this condition is that the Europeans insist on it.’
- ‘But the ultimate solution was not obvious at the time.’
- ‘The sets and costumes are great but all these aesthetics were obvious from the beginning.’
- ‘As was obvious from the outset, the treaty obligation is proving unenforceable.’
- ‘Okay, so there was the closet, but that was a bit too obvious.’
- ‘I think this will appear obvious to the audience.’
- 1.1derogatory Predictable and lacking in subtlety.‘it was an obvious remark to make’
foreseeable, expected, par for the courseView synonyms
- ‘The casting somehow manages to be terribly clever and terribly obvious at the same time.’
- ‘Even those who like their comedy gently done are likely to find this too flimsy and obvious.’
- ‘He had made it painfully obvious that she no longer belonged in his world.’
Late 16th century (in the sense frequently encountered): from Latin obvius (from the phrase ob viam in the way) + -ous.
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