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’
    • ‘And now, after a week, it's become pretty obvious the someone is going to be me.’
    • ‘The most obvious reason for this condition is that the Europeans insist on it.’
    • ‘The shortage of railway capacity becomes most obvious during the Spring Festival.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And that, for fairly obvious reasons, was almost entirely coming from the sea.’
    • ‘The sets and costumes are great but all these aesthetics were obvious from the beginning.’
    • ‘His posthumous political importance is obvious to any observer of the Indian scene.’
    • ‘The Great Bars are dying because of fear and bad science, but the solutions seem pretty obvious.’
    • ‘The incremental changes, if any, will be more obvious in retrospect.’
    • ‘I think this will appear obvious to the audience.’
    • ‘Okay, so there was the closet, but that was a bit too obvious.’
    • ‘He'd seemed astounded, but poor Ryan had been making himself painfully obvious.’
    • ‘Even then, there are hints of Derek's darkness that are only obvious in retrospect.’
    • ‘But the ultimate solution was not obvious at the time.’
    • ‘All have been glaringly obvious for years, but has Davies done anything about any of them?’
    • ‘By the end of the eighteenth century the damage was obvious to many observers.’
    • ‘In the end, after a couple of weeks the answer was blindingly obvious.’
    • ‘As was obvious from the outset, the treaty obligation is proving unenforceable.’
    • ‘When you look at these two options in this light, doesn't the answer seem glaringly obvious?’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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/