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Obvious synonyms
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Capitalized in shares of stock that can be traded on the open market:
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  1. Capitalized in shares of stock that can be traded on the open market:
  2. Maintained for or used by the people or community:
  3. Open to the knowledge or judgment of all:
Capable of transmitting light so that objects or images can be seen as if there were no intervening material.
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  1. Capable of transmitting light so that objects or images can be seen as if there were no intervening material.
  2. Without guile or concealment; open; frank; candid; specif., open to observation, public scrutiny, etc.
  3. Open to public scrutiny; not hidden or proprietary:
Possible to observe:
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  1. Possible to observe:
  2. That can be observed; visible; discernible; noticeable
  3. A measurable property of a physical system, such as mass or momentum. In quantum mechanics, observables correspond to mathematical operators used in the calculation of measurable quantities. Operators that do not commute , having a nonzero commutator , correspond to observables that cannot be precisely measured at the same time, such as momentum and position.
Easily perceived or understood; obvious.
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  1. Easily perceived or understood; obvious.
  2. Easy to see or perceive; clear; obvious; plain
Able to be recognized.
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  1. Able to be recognized.
  2. That can be recognized
Not excessive or extreme; fair:
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  1. Not excessive or extreme; fair:
  2. Governed by or being in accordance with reason or sound thinking:
  3. Being within the bounds of common sense:
Containing nothing:
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  1. Containing nothing:
  2. Not obscured or darkened; bright:
  3. Easily perceptible to the eye or ear; distinct:
Constructed or designed to keep important parts in easily accessible view:
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  1. Constructed or designed to keep important parts in easily accessible view:
  2. Obvious to the eye:
  3. Being often in the public view; conspicuous.
Seeming, but not actual or real. See also actual and constructive.
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  1. Seeming, but not actual or real. See also actual and constructive.
  2. Readily seen; visible:
  3. Readily understood; clear or obvious:
That can be perceived
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  1. That can be perceived
  2. Capable of being perceived by the senses or the mind:
  3. Able to be perceived, sensed, or discerned.
Not disguised, plainly visible.
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Evident; observable:
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  1. Evident; observable:
  2. Worthy of note; significant.
  3. Worthy of notice; significant:
Not of high rank or position; such as characterizes the common people; ordinary
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  1. Not of high rank or position; such as characterizes the common people; ordinary
  2. Common in rank or station; average; ordinary:
  3. An extensive, relatively level area of land. Plains are present on all continents except Antarctica and are most often located in the interior regions. Because they can occur at almost any altitude or latitude, plains can be humid and forested, semiarid and grass-covered, or arid.
Attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticeable.
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  1. Attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticeable.
  2. Easy to see or perceive; obvious
  3. Easy to notice; obvious:
Of, relating to, or being military or intelligence operations sanctioned or mandated by Congress:
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  1. Of, relating to, or being military or intelligence operations sanctioned or mandated by Congress:
  2. (Law) Done openly and publicly, without attempt at concealment and with evident intent
  3. Open and observable; not hidden, concealed, or secret:
Blatant, obvious.
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  1. Blatant, obvious.
  2. Shining with a too bright, dazzling light
  3. Conspicuous; obvious:
Unpleasantly loud and noisy:
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  1. Unpleasantly loud and noisy:
  2. (Usage Problem) Totally or offensively conspicuous or obtrusive:
  3. Glaringly conspicuous or obtrusive
Widely known; eminent:
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  1. Widely known; eminent:
  2. Projecting outward or upward from a line or surface; protuberant:
  3. Noticeable at once; conspicuous
Electromagnetic energy of a wavelength just outside the range the human eye can detect, such as infrared light and ultraviolet light.
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  1. Electromagnetic energy of a wavelength just outside the range the human eye can detect, such as infrared light and ultraviolet light.
  2. Characterized by or filled with light; bright:
  3. Containing a relatively small amount of a potentially harmful ingredient, such as alcohol, fat, or sodium:
Clear or brilliant in color or sound; vivid or intense
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  1. Clear or brilliant in color or sound; vivid or intense
  2. Full of promise and hope; auspicious:
  3. Shining with light that is radiated or reflected; full of light
(Electricity) Containing a gap across which electricity cannot pass:
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  1. (Electricity) Containing a gap across which electricity cannot pass:
  2. Produced by an unstopped string or hole or without the use of slides, valves, or keys:
  3. Not hidden or secret; generally known; public
Unique, such that it cannot be mistaken for something else.
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  1. Unique, such that it cannot be mistaken for something else.
  2. Impossible to mistake or misinterpret; obvious:
  3. That cannot be mistaken or misinterpreted; leaving room for no misunderstanding; clear; plain
Perceptible, as by vision or the intellect.
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  1. Perceptible, as by vision or the intellect.
Of or relating to the outside; external.
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  1. Of or relating to the outside; external.
  2. Not limited to a select few or an inner group of disciples; suitable for the uninitiated
  3. That can be understood by the public; popular
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  1. Able to be discovered.
  2. (Law) Subject to legal discovery; able to be requested by an opposing party through a legal process such as a subpoena.
Easily swayed or influenced:
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  1. Easily swayed or influenced:
  2. Able to be readily understood or generally appreciated
  3. Open to the influence of
Conforming strictly to rule or proper form:
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  1. Conforming strictly to rule or proper form:
  2. (Sciences) Of experimental results, consistent, clustered close together, agreeing with each other. This does not mean that they cluster near the true, correct, or accurate value.
  3. Strictly distinguished from others; very:
Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint.
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  1. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint.
  2. Open to all; generally accessible or available
  3. Open to examination by the public
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  1. Able to be comprehended
  2. Readily comprehended or understood; intelligible.
  3. That can be comprehended; intelligible
Evident without need of proof or explanation
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  1. Evident without need of proof or explanation
  2. Requiring no proof or explanation.
  3. Obviously true, and requiring no proof, argument or explanation
Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint.
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  1. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint.
  2. Obvious; plain:
  3. Obvious; plain; evident
That cannot be disputed or doubted; unquestionable
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  1. That cannot be disputed or doubted; unquestionable
  2. Beyond dispute or doubt; undeniable:
  3. Not disputable; not open to question; obviously true
Not to be questioned, doubted, or disputed; certain
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  1. Not to be questioned, doubted, or disputed; certain
  2. Beyond question or doubt.
  3. Undeniable, obvious
That cannot be denied; indisputable
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  1. That cannot be denied; indisputable
  2. Difficult or impossible to deny; irrefutable:
  3. Irrefutable, or impossible to deny
Unpleasantly loud and noisy:
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  1. Unpleasantly loud and noisy:
  2. Glaringly conspicuous or obtrusive
  3. (Usage Problem) Totally or offensively conspicuous or obtrusive:
Of or like an axiom
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  1. Of or like an axiom
  2. Evident without proof or argument.
  3. (Informal) Obvious.
Expressed in a proverb.
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  1. Expressed in a proverb.
  2. Of the nature of a proverb.
  3. Widely referred to, as if the subject of a proverb; famous.
Of or like an aphorism
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  1. Of or like an aphorism
  2. Of, relating to, or containing aphorisms, maxims or epigrams; gnomic
  3. Full of or using aphorisms
Readily perceived; manifest; obvious; visible.
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  1. Readily perceived; manifest; obvious; visible.
  2. Readily seen; visible:
  3. Readily understood; clear or obvious:
Containing nothing:
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  1. Containing nothing:
  2. Plain or evident to the mind; unmistakable:
  3. Easily perceptible to the eye or ear; distinct:
Not ambiguous; clear and obvious:
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  1. Not ambiguous; clear and obvious:
  2. Alternative spelling of clear cut.
  3. Distinct; definite; not doubtful; unambiguous
(Idiomatic) Visually clear, a sharp image, high acuity.
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  1. (Idiomatic) Visually clear, a sharp image, high acuity.
  2. (Idiomatic) Completely clear and understood.
  3. Absolutely clear; pellucid:
Not the same; separate; individual
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  1. Not the same; separate; individual
  2. Easily perceived by the senses:
  3. Clearly perceived or marked off; clear; plain
Easily perceived or understood; obvious.
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  1. Easily perceived or understood; obvious.
  2. Easy to see or perceive; clear; obvious; plain
Apparent to the senses, esp. that of sight, or to the mind; evident; obvious; clear; plain
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  1. Apparent to the senses, esp. that of sight, or to the mind; evident; obvious; clear; plain
  2. Clearly apparent to the sight or understanding; obvious.
Evident; observable:
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  1. Evident; observable:
  2. Capable of being seen or noticed.
  3. Worthy of notice; significant:
Possible to observe:
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  1. Possible to observe:
  2. A measurable property of a physical system, such as mass or momentum. In quantum mechanics, observables correspond to mathematical operators used in the calculation of measurable quantities. Operators that do not commute , having a nonzero commutator , correspond to observables that cannot be precisely measured at the same time, such as momentum and position.
  3. That can be observed; visible; discernible; noticeable
Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint.
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  1. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint.
  2. Obvious; plain:
  3. Obvious; plain; evident
Common in rank or station; average; ordinary:
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  1. Common in rank or station; average; ordinary:
  2. Marked by little or no ornamentation or decoration:
  3. An extensive, relatively level area of land. Plains are present on all continents except Antarctica and are most often located in the interior regions. Because they can occur at almost any altitude or latitude, plains can be humid and forested, semiarid and grass-covered, or arid.
Unmistakable or conspicuous
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  1. Unmistakable or conspicuous
  2. Strongly marked.
  3. Strongly marked; distinct:
Possible to see; perceptible to the eye:
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  1. Possible to see; perceptible to the eye:
  2. Obvious to the eye:
  3. Constructed or designed to keep important parts in easily accessible view:
Plain and clear; obvious:
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  1. Plain and clear; obvious:
  2. Full; open:
  3. Vulgar; ribald:
Containing nothing:
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  1. Containing nothing:
  2. Not obscured or darkened; bright:
  3. Plain or evident to the mind; unmistakable:
Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint.
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  1. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint. Obvious; manifest; apparent; clear; evident, as in “the contract had a patent ambiguity.” See also latent ambiguity. Pronounced PAY-tint.
  2. Obvious; plain; evident
  3. Obvious; plain:
Marked by little or no ornamentation or decoration:
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  1. Marked by little or no ornamentation or decoration:
  2. Straightforward; frank or candid:
  3. Sheer; utter; unqualified:
Unique, such that it cannot be mistaken for something else.
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  1. Unique, such that it cannot be mistaken for something else.
  2. Impossible to mistake or misinterpret; obvious:
  3. That cannot be mistaken or misinterpreted; leaving room for no misunderstanding; clear; plain
Apparent to the senses, esp. that of sight, or to the mind; evident; obvious; clear; plain
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  1. Apparent to the senses, esp. that of sight, or to the mind; evident; obvious; clear; plain
  2. Clearly apparent to the sight or understanding; obvious.
Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible:
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  1. Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible:
  2. Clear to the mind; obvious; evident; plain
  3. Easily perceived by the senses; audible, recognizable, perceptible, noticeable, etc.
Easily perceived by the senses:
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  1. Easily perceived by the senses:
  2. Not the same; separate; individual
  3. Clearly perceived or marked off; clear; plain
(Simile) totally clear: distinct and unmistakeable, as a bell's tone is clearly heard
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  1. (Simile) totally clear: distinct and unmistakeable, as a bell's tone is clearly heard
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(Simile) Extremely clear and plain to see; something obvious or conspicuous.
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Clear; transparent:
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  1. Clear; transparent:
  2. Clearly expressed; easily understood:
  3. Thinking or expressing oneself clearly, especially between periods of confusion; clearheaded:
Appearing real or true without necessarily being so; seeming
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  1. Appearing real or true without necessarily being so; seeming
  2. Readily seen; visible:
  3. Readily understood; clear or obvious:
That settles a question; final; decisive
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  1. That settles a question; final; decisive
  2. Serving to put an end to doubt, question, or uncertainty; decisive:
Plain to see; readily observable
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  1. Plain to see; readily observable
  2. Saying what is meant, without reservation or disguise; outspoken
  3. Clearly stated and leaving nothing implied; distinctly expressed; definite
Known; comprehended
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  1. Known; comprehended
  2. Agreed on; assumed:
  3. Not expressed in writing; implied:
Capable of being apprehended by the intellect alone.
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  1. Capable of being apprehended by the intellect alone.
  2. Capable of being understood:
  3. That can be understood; clear; comprehensible
Relating to or covering the main facts or the essential points:
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  1. Relating to or covering the main facts or the essential points:
  2. Full; open:
  3. Vulgar; ribald:
Admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous:
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  1. Admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous:
  2. (Possibly dated) Without equal, matchless.
  3. Not equivocal; not ambiguous; plain; clear
Having or exhibiting no ambiguity or uncertainty; clear.
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  1. Having or exhibiting no ambiguity or uncertainty; clear.
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Alternative form of open-and-shut.
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  1. Alternative form of open-and-shut.
  2. (Informal, law) simple and obvious; easily decided
  3. So obvious as to present no difficulties; easily settled or determined:
Not pretentious, guileful, or deceitful; humble or sincere:
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  1. Not pretentious, guileful, or deceitful; humble or sincere:
  2. Having little or no ornamentation; not embellished or adorned:
  3. Lowly in condition or rank:
Not dangerous or harmful; innocuous:
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  1. Not dangerous or harmful; innocuous:
  2. Not guilty of a specific crime or offense; legally blameless:
  3. Without guile or cunning; artless; simple
Not complex, refined, developed, etc.
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  1. Not complex, refined, developed, etc.
  2. Not sophisticated; lacking sophistication.
  3. Artless, simple, ingenuous, etc.

Synonym Study

  • Plain implies such simplicity or lack of complexity as to be easily perceptible the plain facts are these
  • Clear implies that there is no confusion or obscurity to hinder understanding clear proof
  • 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
  • Manifest applies to that which is immediately, often intuitively, clear to the understanding
  • 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
  • Obvious refers to that which is so noticeable or obtrusive that no one can fail to perceive it
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