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    Opposite of obvious?

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    What's the opposite of obvious other than 'not obvious? It's ... not obvious to me
     
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    oblique, ambiguous (sp??), indirect, vague, inconcievable (sp??) Please excuse spellings lol
     
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    Discreet?

    If you check thesaurus.com, it should have an antonym section.
     
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    Subtle is one. It depends on context.
     
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    obscure, cloaked, unseen, unknown, vague, murky... as Cogito said, it greatly depends on the context.
     
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    I think 'nontrivial' may fit in many contexts. Unobvious/unapparent also seem existing words.
     
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    Ok thanks guys :)
     
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    for future reference, a good online dictionary will include examples of antonyms [opposites]...
     
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    Obscure, covert, subtle, dubious, ambiguous, and vague?
     
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    Intents are often veiled

    Definition of VEILED
    1a : having or wearing a veil or a concealing cover b : characterized by a softening tonal distortion
    2: obscured as if by a veil : disguised

    messages often ambiguous   

    1. open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal: an ambiguous answer.
    2. Linguistics . (of an expression) exhibiting constructional homonymity; having two or more structural descriptions, as the sequence Flying planes can be dangerous.
    3. of doubtful or uncertain nature; difficult to comprehend, distinguish, or classify: a rock of ambiguous character.
    4. lacking clearness or definiteness; obscure; indistinct: an ambiguous shape; an ambiguous future.

    Definition of DUPLICITY
    1: contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action; especially : the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or action
    2: the quality or state of being double or twofold
     
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    unexpected is the only word that comes to my mind, but then english is not my first language.
     
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    inconspicuous is lovely.
     
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    subtle
     
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    Nice one :)
     
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    Arcane (as in "not generally known")
     
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    I abuse the word nebulous. I like the imagery it calls to mind.
     

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