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Definition of "obtuse" []

  • Lacking quickness of perception or intellect. (adjective)
  • Characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity: an obtuse remark. (adjective)
  • Not distinctly felt: an obtuse pain. (adjective)
  • Not sharp, pointed, or acute in form; blunt. (adjective)
  • Having an obtuse angle: an obtuse triangle. (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.

Use "obtuse" in a sentence
  • "Scalia rejected what he called the "obtuse" argument by the attorneys for consumers who challenged CompuCredit that Congress had not intended for companies to force disputes into binding arbitration."
  • "You need a new thesaurus, your reliance on the word obtuse is getting annoying."
  • "All he’s doing is what all of you phonies do – speak in obtuse generalities."