obvious Definition

easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent.

Using obvious: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "obvious" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It was obvious that he was lying.

  • Example

    The solution to the problem was obvious.

  • Example

    The answer was so obvious that it was embarrassing not to know it.

  • Example

    It's obvious that she doesn't like him.

obvious Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for obvious

Phrases with obvious

  • in a way that is easily perceived or understood; clearly


    Obviously, he was not happy with the decision.

  • pointing out something that is already known or obvious


    Saying that the sky is blue is just stating the obvious.

  • a choice that is clearly the best or most suitable one


    The obvious choice for dinner tonight is pizza.

Origins of obvious

from Latin 'obvius', meaning 'in the way' or 'lying in the path'


Summary: obvious in Brief

'Obvious' [ˈɑːbvɪəs] means something that is easily perceived or understood. It is often used to describe a situation where the answer or solution is clear and apparent, such as 'The solution to the problem was obvious.' 'Obvious' can be replaced by synonyms like 'apparent' and 'evident,' or informal phrases like 'clear as day.'

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