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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Obtuse  \Ob*tuse"\  a.  [Compar.  {Obtuser};  superl.  {Obtusest}.] 
  [L.  obtusus  p.  p.  of  obtundere  to  blunt:  cf  F.  obtus.  See 
  1.  Not  pointed  or  acute;  blunt;  --  applied  esp.  to  angles 
  greater  than  a  right  angle,  or  containing  more  than  ninety 
  2.  Not  having  acute  sensibility  or  perceptions;  dull;  stupid; 
  as  obtuse  senses  --Milton. 
  3.  Dull;  deadened;  as  obtuse  sound.  --Johnson. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  of  an  angle;  between  90  and  180  degrees  [ant:  {acute}] 
  2:  of  a  leaf  shape;  rounded  at  the  apex 
  3:  lacking  in  insight  or  discernment;  "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"-  Jasper  Griffin  [syn:  {purblind}] 
  4:  slow  to  learn  or  understand;  lacking  intellectual  acuity; 
  "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"-  Thackeray;  "dumb  officials  make  some  really  dumb 
  decisions";  "he  was  either  normally  stupid  or  being 
  deliberately  obtuse";  "worked  with  the  slow  students" 
  [syn:  {dense},  {dim},  {dull},  {dumb},  {slow}] 

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