obvious

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. manifest, patent, clear, evident, plain; undisguised, unconcealed. See visibility, shallowness. Ant., obscure, hidden.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Clearly apparent to the eye]
Syn. clear, visible, apparent, public, transparent, observable, perceptible, exposed, undisguised, noticeable, plain, conspicuous, overt, glaring, blatant, prominent, standing out, light, bright, open, unmistakable, evident, recognizable, discernible, in evidence, exoteric, in view, in sight, perceivable, discoverable, distinguishable, accessible, precise, patent, manifest, palpable, distinct, clear as a bell*, clear as day*, sticking out a mile*, sticking out like a sore thumb*, plain as the nose on one's face*, hitting one in the face*, leaping to the eye*; see also definite 2 .
Ant. obscure*, hidden, indistinct.
2. [Clearly apparent to the mind]
Syn. lucid, apparent, conclusive, explicit, understood, intelligible, comprehensible, self-evident, patent, indisputable, unquestionable, undeniable, blatant, axiomatic, proverbial, aphoristic, reasonable, broad, unequivocal, unambiguous, on the surface, unmysterious, as plain as the nose on one's face*, going without saying*, staring one in the face*, open and shut*; see also definite 1 , understandable .
Ant. profound*, ambiguous, equivocal.
3. [Naive]
Syn. simple, innocent, unsophisticated; see inexperienced , naive , young 2 .
Syn.- obvious refers to that which is so noticeable or obtrusive that no one can fail to perceive it; evident and apparent apply to that which can be readily perceived or easily inferred, but evident implies the existence of external signs [ his evident disappointment ] and apparent suggests the use of deductive reasoning [ it's apparent he'll win ] ; manifest applies to that which is immediately, often intuitively, clear to the understanding; palpable applies esp. to that which can be perceived through some sense other than that of sight, most particularly touch [palpable signs of fever, an almost palpable sense of dread ] ; clear implies that there is no confusion or obscurity to hinder understanding [clear proof ] ; plain implies such simplicity or lack of complexity as to be easily perceptible [ the plain facts are these ]
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
apparent, evident, visible, plain to see, clear, conspicuous, manifest, overt, noticeable, perceivable, glaring, palpable, patent, prominent, unambiguous, *sticking out like a sore thumb, *goes without saying.
ANT.: imperceivable, mysterious, vague, inconspicuous
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Readily seen, perceived, or understood: apparent, clear, clear-cut, crystal clear, distinct, evident, manifest, noticeable, observable, patent, plain, pronounced, visible. See SEE. 2. Easily seen through due to a lack of subtlety: broad, clear, patent, plain, unmistakable, unsubtle. See CLEAR, SEE.

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