1. Easily perceived or understood; apparent. See Synonyms at apparent.
2. Easily seen through because of a lack of subtlety; transparent: an obvious political ploy that fooled no one.
[From Latin obvius, from obviam, in the way, within reach : ob-, against; see OB- + viam, accusative sing. of via, way; see wegh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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