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obvious +‎ -ly

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obviously (comparative more obviously, superlative most obviously)

  1. In an obvious or clearly apparent manner.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 8, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, →OCLC:
      It was a casual sneer, obviously one of a long line. There was hatred behind it, but of a quiet, chronic type, nothing new or unduly virulent, and he was taken aback by the flicker of amazed incredulity that passed over the younger man's ravaged face.
    She was in floods of tears and obviously very upset.
  2. (colloquial) Used as a filler word, or to introduce information even when not obvious.
    You weren't to know, but I've spoken to, obviously, Jim about this, and ...

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