from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Easily perceived or understood; quite apparent. See Synonyms at apparent.
- adj. Easily seen through because of a lack of subtlety; transparent: an obvious political ploy.
- adj. Archaic Standing in the way or in front.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Easily discovered, seen, or understood; self-explanatory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Opposing; fronting.
- adj. Exposed; subject; open; liable.
- adj. Easily discovered, seen, or understood; readily perceived by the eye or the intellect; plain; evident; apparent
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being or standing in the way; standing or placed in the front.
- Open; exposed to danger or accident.
- Coming in the way; presenting itself as to be done.
- Easily discovered, seen, or understood; plain; manifest; evident; palpable.
- In zoology, plainly distinguishable; quite apparent: as, an obvious mark; an obvious stria: opposed -to obscure or obsolete.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind
Mexico, how identical in shape and size with the protuberance of Africa just opposite, and how the protuberance of the Venezuelan and Brazilian coast fits in with the in-curve of Africa: so that it is obvious to me -- it is quite _obvious_ -- that they once were one; and one night rushed so far apart; and the wild Atlantic knew that thing, and ran gladly, hasting in between: and how if eye of flesh had been there to see, and ear to hear that cruel thundering, my God, my God -- what horror!
As I was wondering how I can write an interesting post about a struggle for the obvious (collective agreement, job security etc), it suddenly came to me: the fact that the academic staff has to fight for the obvious is the whole point here.
“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”
I second Nav's comment: sometimes it's not easy to be the one to point out the obvious, especially when the obvious is the status quo.
To call Balls pathological for stating the obvious is a clear example of why Cameron and the Conservatives are sliding down the poll ratings.
Claiming to be oblivious to the obvious is a big part of social status striving these days.
This editing of the obvious is a Baldwinism — but you have to look hard to realize its impact.
Claiming to be oblivious to the obvious is a crucial aspect of contemporary status striving. pseudonymous in nc Says:
“Neutrality” is as obvious a code word for Xian dishonesty as the current demand requiring “critical analysis” i.e. allowing right-wing specious nonsense to dominate or even completely displace any science history, literature, whatever in the classroom.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
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