obvious

obvious
ob|vi|ous
W2S2 [ˈɔbviəs US ˈa:b-] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: obvius, from obviam; OBVIATE]
1.) easy to notice or understand
The obvious way of reducing pollution is to use cars less.
For obvious reasons the police cannot give any more details about the case.
The most obvious example of an information source is a dictionary.
The obvious question is - does his invention work?
The quality of his cooking is immediately obvious .
it is obvious (that)
It was obvious that Gina was lying.
obvious to
It might be obvious to you, but it isn't to me.
2.) behaving in a way that shows you want something very badly, when other people think this behaviour is not suitable
I know you really like him, but you don't have to be so obvious about it.
3.) the/an obvious choice
the person or thing that you would expect everyone to choose
Teaching is an obvious choice of career if you like working with children.
4.) the obvious thing (to do)
what clearly seems the best thing to do
The obvious thing is to speak to her before you make a decision.
5.) state the obvious
to say something that is already obvious so it is not necessary to say it
It is stating the obvious, but regular measurement of blood pressure is essential in older people.
>obviousness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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