Definition of obvious in English:

obvious

adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘The shortage of railway capacity becomes most obvious during the Spring Festival.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And now, after a week, it's become pretty obvious the someone is going to be me.’
    • ‘The Gaffer's part in it all is a bit less obvious, though.’
    • ‘Even then, there are hints of Derek's darkness that are only obvious in retrospect.’
    • ‘As was obvious from the outset, the treaty obligation is proving unenforceable.’
    • ‘But the ultimate solution was not obvious at the time.’
    • ‘He'd seemed astounded, but poor Ryan had been making himself painfully obvious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And that, for fairly obvious reasons, was almost entirely coming from the sea.’
    • ‘By the end of the eighteenth century the damage was obvious to many observers.’
    • ‘The incremental changes, if any, will be more obvious in retrospect.’
    • ‘The most obvious reason for this condition is that the Europeans insist on it.’
    • ‘All have been glaringly obvious for years, but has Davies done anything about any of them?’
    • ‘I think this will appear obvious to the audience.’
    • ‘Okay, so there was the closet, but that was a bit too obvious.’
    • ‘The Great Bars are dying because of fear and bad science, but the solutions seem pretty obvious.’
    • ‘Compulsions are obvious to an observer and can cause considerable shame and embarrassment.’
    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
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    1. 1.1derogatory Predictable and lacking in subtlety.
      ‘it was an obvious remark to make’
      • ‘He had made it painfully obvious that she no longer belonged in his world.’
      • ‘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.’
      foreseeable, to be expected, only to be expected, expected, par for the course
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘frequently encountered’): from Latin obvius (from the phrase ob viam ‘in the way’) + -ous.

Pronunciation

obvious

/ˈäbvēəs//ˈɑbviəs/