Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “an oblivious girl.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The girl was oblivious.”)
When you're oblivious to something, you're completely unaware of it, or you've completely forgotten it.
"Oblivion" is slightly different: that usually means the state or process of being forgotten or dying away.
How to use it:
Talk about being oblivious to something or oblivious of something: "He's so oblivious to her crush on him," "We were oblivious of the problem until it got out of hand." You can leave out that phrase with the word "to" or "of" if it's clear what the person is oblivious to or if the person is just oblivious to everything: "Criticism bothers her, but I remain oblivious" and "We were so young, so self-centered, so oblivious."
It's not just things in the present or things in the near future that you can be oblivious to: you can also be oblivious to things in the past, meaning you've totally forgotten about them. "Her lucky success kept her oblivious to the risks she had taken."
You can get figurative and let an object, process, or place be oblivious, too: "The search tool remained oblivious to our frustrations with it." "That zero-tolerance policy is oblivious to even large differences in degree of wrongdoing." "The tiny town seemed oblivious to the passage of time."
Please forgive me for being so oblivious to your struggle. I was wrapped up in my own troubles and should have noticed yours, too.
With its scrolling marquee text, page counter, guest book, and frames (yes, frames,) that website is blissfully oblivious to the fact that it's 2015, not 1998.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "oblivious” means when you can explain it without saying “unmindful” or “unaware."
Think of a time you ignored or overlooked something completely, either accidentally or purposefully, and fill in the blanks: "Because _____, I was oblivious to _____."
Example: "Because I was so busy with our newborn baby those first few days, I was oblivious to the sad meows for attention from both of our kitties."
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1. The opposite of OBLIVIOUS is
2. Being oblivious to the needs of your customers means _____
A. you care more about them than the vision you have for your products.
B. you will eventually fail unless you have no competitors and you provide something essential.
C. you continue to design new ways to observe, survey, and analyze what it is they want.
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