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obvious

[ob-vee-uh s] /ˈɒb vi əs/
adjective
1.
easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident:
an obvious advantage.
2.
lacking in subtlety.
3.
Obsolete. being or standing in the way.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin obvius in the way, lying in the path, equivalent to ob- ob- + vi(a) way + -us adj. suffix (see -ous)
Related forms
obviously, adverb
obviousness, noun
nonobvious, adjective
nonobviously, adverb
nonobviousness, noun
overobvious, adjective
preobvious, adjective
preobviously, adverb
preobviousness, noun
unobvious, adjective
unobviously, adverb
unobviousness, noun
Can be confused
oblivious, obvious.
Synonyms
1. plain, manifest, clear, palpable, unmistakable. See apparent.
Antonyms
1. hidden.
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  • How closely and carefully will obviously vary from one place to the next.
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  • obviously that opening is a bit hyperbolic for rhetorical effect.
British Dictionary definitions for obviously

obviously

/ˈɒbvɪəslɪ/
adverb
1.
in a way that is easy to see or understand; evidently
2.
without subtlety
3.
(sentence modifier) it is obvious that; clearly: obviously not everyone wants a bank account

obvious

/ˈɒbvɪəs/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
obviousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin obvius, from obviam in the way, from ob- against + via way
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Word Origin and History for obviously

obvious

adj.

1580s, "frequently met with," from Latin obvius "that is in the way, presenting itself readily, open, exposed, commonplace," from obviam (adv.) "in the way," from ob "against" (see ob-) + viam, accusative of via "way" (see via). Meaning "plain to see, evident" is first recorded 1630s. Related: Obviously; obviousness.

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