First attested in the writings of L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. Apparently coined from observe (or perhaps obvious) and Ancient Greek γνῶσις ‎(gnôsis, knowledge).


obnosis ‎(plural obnoses)

  1. (chiefly Scientology) Observing the obvious
    • 1958, Ability, Hubbard Association of Scientologists, International, page 12:
      Here you will find the Instructor's Code, Obnosis and the Tone Scale and one of the best descriptions of Assist processing ever published.
    • 1970, B. Robert Ross, A Parent's Guide to the Teaching of Reading: A Compilation of Old and New Methods of Teaching and a New View of the Reading Process: [1] Upstat Pub. Co.:
      Obnosis (observing the obvious) must be used at every moment to determine the best next step with any student.
    • 2006 February 23, Janet Reitman, “Inside Scientology: Unlocking the complex code of America's most mysterious religion”, Rolling Stone:
      Hubbard created Scientology's language to be unique to its members. It includes words that are interpretations, or variations, of standard terms: "isness," for example, which Scientology's glossaries say, in essence, means "reality." But there are also words that are wholly made up, such as "obnosis," which means "observation of the obvious."


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