• WordNet 3.6
    • adj obvious easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind "obvious errors"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to U.S. law, a patent may not be granted on a useless invention, on a method of doing business, on mere printed matter, or on a device or machine that will not operate. Even if an invention is novel or new, a patent may not be obtained if the invention would have been obvious to a person having ordinary skill in the same area at the time of the invention.
    • Obvious Easily discovered, seen, or understood; readily perceived by the eye or the intellect; plain; evident; apparent; as, an obvious meaning; an obvious remark. "Apart and easy to be known they lie,
      Amidst the heap, and obvious to the eye."
    • Obvious Exposed; subject; open; liable. "Obvious to dispute."
    • Obvious Opposing; fronting. "To the evil turn
      My obvious breast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obvious Being or standing in the way; standing or placed in the front.
    • obvious Open; exposed to danger or accident.
    • obvious Coming in the way; presenting itself as to be done.
    • obvious Easily discovered, seen, or understood; plain; manifest; evident; palpable.
    • obvious In zoology, plainly distinguishable; quite apparent: as, an obvious mark; an obvious stria: opposed -to obscure or obsolete. Synonyms Evident, Plain, etc. (see manifest, a.); patent, unmistakable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Obvious ob′vi-us meeting one in the way: easily discovered or understood: evident
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  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.”
  • Ralph Nader
    Ralph Nader
    “Obviously, the answer to oil spills is to paper-train the tankers.”
  • Louis-Ferdinand Celine
    “One can't relive one's life. Forgiveness is not what's difficult; one's always too ready to forgive. And it does no good, that's obvious.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.”
  • Arthur Koestler
    “The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.”
  • Michelle Walker
    Michelle Walker
    “If you think you're too small to make a difference, you've obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obvius,; ob,see Ob-) + via, way. See Voyage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obvius.


In literature:

There are also obvious cases in which different species are of service to each other.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The girl had obviously seen the stranger's action, but Mrs. Keith did not wish to pursue the subject then.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
The remedial measures are in each case too obvious to mention.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
There it was obvious enough to anybody.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
There is thus an obvious precaution to be taken.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
Because he was obviously no Eros, was he so obviously but part of a man?
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Thus the multiplication of effects is obvious.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
It is obvious that this excludes the formation of correlative individual sexual characters.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The wind is obviously alive; any fool can see that.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
The resemblance of such a writer to Pope obviously does not go deep.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Obviously, that's no answer.
"Freedom" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
It was beautifully typed and arranged; somebody on Mitchell's team had obviously been up all night at the job.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Obviously, there is progress everywhere.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
In the military, a man gives up his security, obviously, and if he's a jerk he dies.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
This rather obvious truth has not always seemed obvious.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
Obviously the three were old friends.
"The Egyptian Cat Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Why lay down principles so obvious, in some interpretations, and so manifestly sophistical in others?
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
The operation is obvious.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2" by Kempster Miller
They walked erect, and were obviously the physical superiors of their masters.
"The New Gulliver and Other Stories" by Barry Pain
The bearing of a correct idea of the place and office of reflection upon modern idealisms is less obvious, but no less certain.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

In poetry:

Such a dear!
Such an ass!
With such a knot inside him!
He regrets something that he remembers.
That's obvious.
"The Ass" by D H Lawrence
I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.
"Human Family" by Maya Angelou
Maclean must be a madman,
Which is obvious to be seen,
Or else he wouldn't have tried to shoot
Our most beloved Queen.
"Attempted Assassination of the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall
And seeing ignorance is bliss,
And wisdom consequently folly,
The obvious result is this -
That our two lives were very jolly.
"Gemini And Virgo" by Charles Stuart Calverley
I put my arms around your waist,
A lover’s embrace to taste.
From your resolve it’s obvious
All my efforts will go to waste.
"Rubaiyat 05" by Shams al-Din Hafiz
But who could have expected this
When we two drew together first
Just for the obvious human bliss,
To satisfy life's daily thirst
With a thing men seldom miss?
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning

In news:

Obviously, so is Mitt Romney.
Nouns, too, though that might be too obvious.
This is obviously a personal preference, so there is no right or wrong.
Intelligence agencies and senior officials tell CBS News they're not going anywhere near commenting on the issue for obvious reasons.
Bruce Ramsay, and obvious President Obama supporter, already started smears and attacks against Mr Paul Ryan, the presumptive VP nominee for the Republican Party.
Dell was embattled and obviously trying to figure out its own future.
Obviously he was trying to show off a little bit.
Since Aerosmith's name and logo don't even appear on the outer sleeve of Draw the Line , someone obviously feels rather secure about the band's position in the hard-rock sweepstakes.
She starts poking at my veins and groaning, obviously a bad sign.
If it's true, the obvious answer may be because of the number of transplants that live in Texas.
The surface plot is obvious enough: Bush is going to invade Iraq, and nothing will stand in his way.
Two women standing in front of me in the checkout line this week obviously hadn't seen each other in a while.
Israeli officials this week were obviously concerned about the message the emir 's visit would send.
The most unlikely answer, obviously, is "D.".
Obviously, big businesses such as these need no help from taxpayers.

In science:

For g to qualify as an approximate eigenfunction we must obviously have rp ≈ rp′ and k/p = k ′/p′ .
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
Obviously, as in the case of algebras, for a given covering (Qi )i∈I of a module (E , B , κ) one obtains a family of vector spaces Ei := E /Qi with corresponding pro jections qi : E −→ Ei .
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
Obviously, ˜B and the associated force is directly related to the transverse momentum transfer considered in Sect.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
If ∆(a) + ∆(b) − n − j − 1 = 0 the both sides are in R0 , so the proposition is obvious.
Algebraic structures on quasi-primary states in superconformal algebras
Obviously ˜f (∂ x) = ∂ ˜f (x) for all x ∈ R.
Algebraic structures on quasi-primary states in superconformal algebras
Obviously, the basic physics of the problem is not visible in the quenched approximation.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
It is obvious that ˜a(k) is well defined on S 1 and hence depends on ϕ through z = exp(iϕ) only.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
It is obviously generated by elements of Q∗ .
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
The subring of gauge invariant polynomials is, then, obviously generated by ˜q , i.e. by Drinfeld-Sokolov coordinates.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Both n and n′ will verify eqs. (6.13) and obviously n 6≡ n′ .
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
They then stated the conjecture, communicated to them by Tits, that for an arbitrary Artin group the obvious relations, QsQt = QtQs if ms,t = 2, might be sufficient to give a presentation of the subgroup generated by Q.
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
The proof of Lemma 1.1 goes through with obvious modifications except that we can not assume that the sheaves E are torsion free at x1 and x2 .
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
The proof is the same with that of Proposition 1.3 by some obvious notation modifications.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
Let Pi,j be the probability of reaching site j from site It is obvious that Pi Pi,j = 1.
Random spread on the family of small-world networks
This is the obvious influence of the global pressure on the local flow.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem