Obvious Definition

Easy to see or understand; plain; evident.
Webster's New World
Easily perceived or understood; apparent.
American Heritage
Easily seen through because of a lack of subtlety; transparent.
An obvious political ploy that fooled no one.
American Heritage
Being in the way.
Webster's New World

Origin of Obvious

  • From Latin obvius from obviam in the way, within reach ob- against ob– viam accusative sing. of via way wegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin obvius (“being in the way so as to meet, meeting, easy to access, at hand, ready, obvious"), from ob- (“before") + via (“way").

    From Wiktionary

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