Definition of "obvious" []

  • Easily perceived or understood; quite apparent. See Synonyms at apparent. (adjective)
  • Easily seen through because of a lack of subtlety; transparent: an obvious political ploy. (adjective)
  • Archaic Standing in the way or in front. (adjective)
  • Easy to see or understand; evident (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Exhibiting motives, feelings, intentions, etc, clearly or without subtlety (adjective)
  • Naive or unsubtle (adjective)
  • Being or standing in the way (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "obvious" in a sentence
  • "Mexico, how identical in shape and size with the protuberance of Africa just opposite, and how the protuberance of the Venezuelan and Brazilian coast fits in with the in-curve of Africa: so that it is obvious to me -- it is quite _obvious_ -- that they once were one; and one night rushed so far apart; and the wild Atlantic knew that thing, and ran gladly, hasting in between: and how if eye of flesh had been there to see, and ear to hear that cruel thundering, my God, my God -- what horror!"
  • "As I was wondering how I can write an interesting post about a struggle for the obvious (collective agreement, job security etc), it suddenly came to me: the fact that the academic staff has to fight for the obvious is the whole point here."
  • "“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”"