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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Obvious \Ob"vi*ous\, a. [L. obvius; ob (see Ob-) + via way. See Voyage.] 1. Opposing; fronting. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To the evil turn My obvious breast. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Exposed; subject; open; liable. [Obs.] "Obvious to dispute." --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Easily discovered, seen, or understood; readily perceived by the eye or the intellect; plain; evident; apparent; as, an obvious meaning; an obvious remark. [1913 Webster] Apart and easy to be known they lie, Amidst the heap, and obvious to the eye. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Syn: Plain; clear; evident. See Manifest. [1913 Webster] -- Ob"vi*ous*ly, adv. -- Ob"vi*ous-ness, n. [1913 Webster] Obvolute