Obvious Ob"vi*ous, a. [L. obvius; ob (see {Ob-}) + via way. See {Voyage}.] 1. Opposing; fronting. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To the evil turn My obvious breast. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Exposed; subject; open; liable. [Obs.] ``Obvious to dispute.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Easily discovered, seen, or understood; readily perceived by the eye or the intellect; plain; evident; apparent; as, an obvious meaning; an obvious remark. [1913 Webster]

Apart and easy to be known they lie, Amidst the heap, and obvious to the eye. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Plain; clear; evident. See {Manifest}. [1913 Webster] -- {Ob"vi*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Ob"vi*ous-ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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