Obvious meaning

ŏbvē-əs
The definition of obvious is something that is readily apparent or easy to see.

An example of obvious is an elephant standing right in front of you.

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Easy to see or understand; plain; evident.
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Easily perceived or understood; apparent.
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Easily seen through because of a lack of subtlety; transparent.

An obvious political ploy that fooled no one.

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Being in the way.
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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