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OBTUSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obtuse mean? 

OBTUSE (adjective)
  The adjective OBTUSE has 4 senses:

1. of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees
2. of a leaf shape; rounded at the apex
3. lacking in insight or discernment
4. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

  Familiarity information: OBTUSE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBTUSE (adjective)


Sense 1obtuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees

Antonym:

acute (of an angle; less than 90 degrees)


Sense 2obtuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of a leaf shape; rounded at the apex

Similar:

simple; unsubdivided ((botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions)


Sense 3obtuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in insight or discernment

Synonyms:

purblind; obtuse

Context examples:

too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior / a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin

Similar:

undiscerning (lacking discernment)


Sense 4obtuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

Synonyms:

dumb; slow; obtuse; dense; dim; dull

Context examples:

so dense he never understands anything I say to him / never met anyone quite so dim / although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick / dumb officials make some really dumb decisions / he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse / worked with the slow students

Similar:

stupid (lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity)


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