Obvious vs. Evident - What's the difference?


  • Obvious (adjective)

    Easily discovered, seen, or understood; self-explanatory.

  • Evident (adjective)

    Obviously true by simple observation.

    "It was evident she was angry, after she slammed the door."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Obvious (adjective)

    easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent

    "unemployment has been the most obvious cost of the recession"

    "it was obvious a storm was coming in"

  • Obvious (adjective)

    predictable and lacking in subtlety

    "it was an obvious remark to make"

Webster Dictionary

  • Obvious (adjective)

    Opposing; fronting.

  • Obvious (adjective)

    Exposed; subject; open; liable.

  • Obvious (adjective)

    Easily discovered, seen, or understood; readily perceived by the eye or the intellect; plain; evident; apparent; as, an obvious meaning; an obvious remark.

  • Evident (adjective)

    Clear to the vision; especially, clear to the understanding, and satisfactory to the judgment; as, the figure or color of a body is evident to the senses; the guilt of an offender can not always be made evident.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Obvious (adjective)

    easily perceived or understood;

    "obvious errors"

  • Obvious (adjective)

    easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind;

    "a perceptible sense of expectation in the court"

    "an obvious (or palpable) lie"

  • Obvious (adjective)

    obvious to the eye or mind;

    "a tower conspicuous at a great distance"

    "wore conspicuous neckties"

    "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening"

  • Obvious (adjective)

    obvious to the eye;

    "a visible change of expression"

  • Evident (adjective)

    clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses;

    "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"

    "evident hostility"

    "manifest disapproval"

    "patent advantages"

    "made his meaning plain"

    "it is plain that he is no reactionary"

    "in plain view"

  • Evident (adjective)

    capable of being seen or noticed;

    "a discernible change in attitude"

    "a clearly evident erasure in the manuscript"

    "an observable change in behavior"



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