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  • a  of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees
  • s  (of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex
  • s  lacking in insight or discernment
    too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior
  • s  slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
    he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse

  • He was normally stupid but the dumb decision he took was really very obtuse.
  • The point is that the current breathless talk about bank nationalization is more than a little historically obtuse.
  • So they often seemed strident, ideological and morally obtuse.
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  • Stephen Lewis in BBC News
    Mr Lewis described the government as "obtuse, dilatory and negligent about rolling out treatment".
  • Gilles Duceppe in Toronto Star
    We will not go along with an obtuse government that digs in its heels,Duceppe told a Quebec City audience. "Because if nothing changes, we are certainly going to get stuck. If (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper refuses to make these changes,...
  • Johnny Depp in Reuters UK
    It's an obtuse situation to be in when, at the ripe old age of 43, you find yourself suddenly trying to sing songs all the way through for the first time in your life,Depp said. "It's to say the least absurd and it was an odd feeling. So...

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