[ UK /ɒbtjˈuːs/ ]
[ US /ɑbˈtus/ ]
  1. of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees
  2. (of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex
  3. lacking in insight or discernment
    a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin
    too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior
  4. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
    dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
    worked with the slow students
    he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
    although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick
    never met anyone quite so dim
    so dense he never understands anything I say to him
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How To Use obtuse In A Sentence

  • At the moment when she makes her entrance into this history which we are relating, she was an antique virtue, an incombustible prude, with one of the sharpest noses, and one of the most obtuse minds that it is possible to see. Les Miserables
  • The _first glume_ is chartaceous, obovate-oblong, obtuse, many-nerved (thirteen or more), thinly ciliate with long hairs and with A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses
  • In contrast, a strongly obtuse apical angle is associated with an incurved ventral beak that is appressed to the dorsal umbo, resulting in the delthyrium being partly obscured.
  • Body about the size of a common goose; bill short, vaulted, obtuse, two-thirds of which is covered by an expanded cere of a pale greenish-yellow colour, the tip of the bill being black, arcuated, and truncated. Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology
  • Page 394 coursing through the green plains, and dark promontories, or obtuse projections of the side-long acclivities, alternately advancing or receding on the verge of the illumined native fields, to the utmost extent of sight; the summits of the acclivities afford, besides the forest trees already recited, Halesia, Ptelea, Circis, Cornus Florida and Amorpha. Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Producti
  • Another mode of making a springe, which is a capital plan for catching almost any bird, whether it be a percher or a runner, is this: Procure an elastic wand (hazel or osier makes the best) of about 3 ft. 6 in. long, to the top of which tie a piece of twisted horsehair about 3 in. in length; to the free end attach a little piece of wood of 2 in. in length, by the middle, cutting one end to an obtuse point, flattened on the top and underneath. Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling a
  • There is nothing wrong with making money, but are we supposed to be sorry for the inept and obtuse customer care services (ever look at a invoice from a insurance company?) and compassion less “death panels” of the health insurance industry and the thoughtless, cavalier and deceptive practices of the financial dealings on wall street (GS and the Greek economy comes to mind)? Think Progress » Rep. McCotter complains that Obama ‘demonizes’ Wall Street and insurance companies.
  • Not trying to demonize him or - as some have done - poeticize him, he gives us a common but not unduly vulgar man, with brightness and obtuseness intermingled.
  • Other relatively predictable adaptations are the development of an obtuse angle between the scapula and coracoid and the loss of the furcula.
  • Short in proportion to the Corolla tho wide or bulky; the Style is very long or longer than the stamens, simple, cilindrical, bowed or bent upwards, placed on the top of the germ, membranous shrivels and falls off when the pericarp has obtained it's full Size. the Stigma is three clefts very manute and pubescent. the pericarp is a capsule, triangular, oblong, obtuse, and trilocular with three longitudinal valves. the Seed So far as I could judge are noumerous not very manute and globilar. The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806
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