Adjective "obvious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent.
  1. with clause 'it was obvious a storm was coming in'
  2. 'I think this will appear obvious to the audience.'
  3. 'The Great Bars are dying because of fear and bad science, but the solutions seem pretty obvious.'
  4. 'The Gaffer's part in it all is a bit less obvious, though.'
  5. 'When you look at these two options in this light, doesn't the answer seem glaringly obvious?'
  6. 'The sets and costumes are great but all these aesthetics were obvious from the beginning.'
  7. 'His posthumous political importance is obvious to any observer of the Indian scene.'
  8. 'Okay, so there was the closet, but that was a bit too obvious.'
  9. 'And now, after a week, it's become pretty obvious the someone is going to be me.'
  10. 'He'd seemed astounded, but poor Ryan had been making himself painfully obvious.'
  11. 'The most obvious reason for this condition is that the Europeans insist on it.'
  12. 'The casting somehow manages to be terribly clever and terribly obvious at the same time.'
  13. 'Even those who like their comedy gently done are likely to find this too flimsy and obvious.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"advantages can be obvious to people."

"advantages can be obvious of places."

"advantages can be obvious of survivals."

"advantages can be obvious of successes."

"views can be obvious from developments."

More examples++


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘frequently encountered’): from Latin obvius (from the phrase ob viam ‘in the way’) + -ous.