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At times the obviousness of my innocence would reduce me to despair.

The thing she had to fight against most was the recognition of his obviousness.

The obviousness of this further contradiction is paralleled only by its inevitableness.

"I'll tell him that, too," he said, chuckling at the obviousness of the other's trap.

His The Making of Religion bears proof of its obviousness on every page.

One or two of them ventured a scornful laugh, at the obviousness of the trick.

He ought to experience their obviousness, their inconvenience, their distraction.

Again her obviousness touched the secret spring of laughter in him.

"So I should gather," laughing a little at the obviousness of my last piece of information.

Observation without imagination makes for obviousness; imagination without observation turns into nonsense.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "frequently met with," from Latin obvius "that is in the way, presenting itself readily, open, exposed, commonplace," from obviam (adv.) "in the way," from ob "against" (see ob-) + viam, accusative of via "way" (see via). Meaning "plain to see, evident" is first recorded 1630s. Related: Obviously; obviousness.

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