easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage.
lacking in subtlety.
Obsolete. being or standing in the way.

1580–90; < Latin obvius in the way, lying in the path, equivalent to ob- ob- + vi(a) way + -us adj. suffix (see -ous)

obviously, adverb
obviousness, noun
nonobvious, adjective
nonobviously, adverb
nonobviousness, noun
overobvious, adjective
preobvious, adjective
preobviously, adverb
preobviousness, noun
unobvious, adjective
unobviously, adverb
unobviousness, noun

oblivious, obvious.

1. plain, manifest, clear, palpable, unmistakable. See apparent.

1. hidden. Unabridged
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obvious (ˈɒbvɪəs)
1.  easy to see or understand; evident
2.  exhibiting motives, feelings, intentions, etc, clearly or without subtlety
3.  naive or unsubtle: the play was rather obvious
4.  obsolete being or standing in the way
[C16: from Latin obvius, from obviam in the way, from ob- against + via way]

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Word Origin & History

1586, "frequently met with," from L. obvius "that is in the way, presenting itself readily, commonplace," from obviam (adv.) "in the way," from ob "against" + viam, acc. of via "way." Meaning "plain to see, evident" is first recorded 1635.
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