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adjective obvious pronunciation in American English /ˈɑbviəs/
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  1. 1
    clear to almost anyone
    The most obvious explanation is not always the correct one.
    “I’d have thought that was fairly obvious,” James retorted.
    a glaringly obvious mistake
    for obvious reasons: For obvious reasons, I won’t go into details.
    obvious (that)it is obvious (that): It’s pretty obvious he’s crazy about you.
    obvious to: It was becoming obvious to her parents that she needed help.
    obvious from: It was obvious from Eleanor’s voice that she disliked him.
  2. 2
    expressing or lacking imagination
    I couldn’t resist the obvious comment.
    state the obvious (=say something that is already well-known): You have a talent for stating the obvious.
    To state the obvious, if we don’t take precautions now, we’ll suffer for it later.
  3. 4
    natural and reasonable in a particular situation
    Making an apology was the obvious thing to do.
    obvious choice: His experience made him an obvious choice for the position.
    obvious explanation: There’s a perfectly obvious explanation for this trend.
    obvious solution: There was no immediately obvious solution that we could think of.

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obviousness

noun [uncountable]
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