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obvious (adj.)

1580s, "frequently met with" (a sense now obsolete), from Latin obvius "that is in the way, presenting itself readily, open, exposed, commonplace," from obviam (adv.) "in the way," from ob "in front of, against" (see ob-) + viam, accusative of via "way" (from PIE root *wegh- "to go, move, transport in a vehicle"). Meaning "plain to see, evident" is recorded from 1630s. Related: Obviously; obviousness.

updated on July 29, 2019

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Definitions of obvious from WordNet

obvious (adj.)
easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind;
obvious errors
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