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obtuse - Dictionary definition and meaning for word obtuse

(adj) of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees
(adj) (of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex
(adj) lacking in insight or discernment
Synonyms : purblind
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
Synonyms : dense , dim , dull , dumb , slow
Example Sentence
  • 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

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obtuse

obtuse refers to angles between two lines which is >90 degrees.....the line appears like its leaning towards the wall which is inactive and stupid
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by channu

imagine a pencil tip...the more obtuse the angle between the two edges of the tip...the more blunt the tip is..
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by wingdeng

obtuse = big/fat so it means moti buddhi ha ha ha
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by 1.6k

Obtuse..."of little use"
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by gardenforhealth

opposite of ACUTE with respect to all meanings...
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by Thisisnotme

an Obtuse angle (>90) takes more time to close than an acute angle;likewise, it takes more time for an Obtuse person to get a hint, idea, etc than for an acute (intelligent) person
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by ali_aj

Like an obtuse angle, a FOOL's mouth will be always wide open(speaking uselessly)
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by jobin_mathew

obtuse-I still remember my childhood time when i was unable to answer the value of the obtuse angle because i was mentally dull
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by santosh pokhrel

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