obtusely

obtuse

[uhb-toos, -tyoos]
adjective
1.
not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
2.
not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form.
3.
(of a leaf, petal, etc.) rounded at the extremity.
4.
indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound.

Origin:
1500–10; < Latin obtūsus dulled (past participle of obtundere), equivalent to ob- ob- + tūd-, variant stem of tundere to beat + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s

obtusely, adverb
obtuseness, noun
subobtuse, adjective
subobtusely, adverb
subobtuseness, noun

abstruse, obtuse.


1. unfeeling, tactless, insensitive; blind, imperceptive, unobservant; gauche, boorish; slow, dim.
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obtuse (əbˈtjuːs)
 
adj
1.  mentally slow or emotionally insensitive
2.  maths
 a.  (of an angle) lying between 90° and 180°
 b.  (of a triangle) having one interior angle greater than 90°
3.  not sharp or pointed
4.  indistinctly felt, heard, etc; dull: obtuse pain
5.  (of a leaf or similar flat part) having a rounded or blunt tip
 
[C16: from Latin obtūsus dulled, past participle of obtundere to beat down; see obtund]
 
ob'tusely
 
adv
 
ob'tuseness
 
n

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obtuse
c.1500, from M.Fr. obtus (fem. obtuse), from L. obtusus "blunted, dull," pp. of obtundere "to beat against, make dull," from ob "against" + tundere "to beat," from PIE *(s)tud- "to beat, strike, push, thrust" (cf. L. tudes "hammer," Skt. tudati "he thrusts"). Sense of "stupid" is first found c.1500.
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obtuse ob·tuse (ŏb-tōōs', -tyōōs', əb-)
adj.

  1. Lacking quickness of perception or intellect.

  2. Not sharp or acute; blunt.


ob·tuse'ness n.
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