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English adjective: obtuse

1. obtuse of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees


2. obtuse (of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex

Similarsimple, unsubdivided


3. obtuse lacking in insight or discernment

SamplesToo obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior.
A purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin.




4. obtuse slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

SamplesSo 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.

Synonymsdense, dim, dull, dumb, slow



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