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obtuse

adjective uk   /əbˈtjuːs/  us   /ɑːbˈtuːs/

obtuse adjective (ANGLE)

specialized mathematics (of an angle) more than 90° and less than 180°

obtuse adjective (STUPID)

formal stupid and slow to understand, or unwilling to try to understand: Surely the answer's obvious - or are you being deliberately obtuse?
obtusely
adverb uk   us   /-li/ formal
obtuseness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/ formal
Translations of “obtuse”
in Vietnamese tù (góc)…
in Spanish obtuso…
in Thai ซึ่งเป็นมุมป้าน…
in Malaysian cakah…
in French obtus…
in German stumpf…
in Chinese (Traditional) 角度, (角度)鈍角的…
in Indonesian tumpul…
in Chinese (Simplified) 角度, (角度)钝角的…
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