I'm new here. Nice to meet everyone.

I'm a writer and my quest to find the appropriate word led me here. Specifically, I'm trying to find a word to describe the way someone utters a phrase.

Saying "She says it like it's obvious.", "She says it like it's evident." or any variation seems to be far too clunky versus just using an adjective that means that. Is there such an adjective? Thank you.

  • IMHO, there is no single word to express "as if it is obvious"
    – Graffito
    Oct 20, 2016 at 20:17
  • How about "naturally"? I searched adverb for "take for granted" and "naturally" was one of the results.
    – Terry Li
    Oct 20, 2016 at 20:21
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    Condescendingly? Oct 21, 2016 at 11:37
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    Are you looking for an adjective with a negative connotation? Oct 21, 2016 at 12:03
  • If you were writing on Twitter, you might have said something like “she duh’ed at him”. Oct 22, 2016 at 15:11

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You may want to try the adverb matter-of-factly.


Adverb matter-of-factly ‎(not comparable)

As though stating a fact.  

As though the situation is normal and not unusual; not dramatically or fancifully.


matter-of-factly adverb

: without showing emotion especially when talking about exciting or upsetting things : She explained the problem matter-of-factly.

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    That doesn't really imply any kind of obviousness, just simplicity and lack of bravado. Oct 22, 2016 at 15:09
  • I thought as though stating a fact can be taken as an approximation of saying as though it is obvious. Oct 22, 2016 at 17:31
  • That has a nice kick, yet, only usually says or means unusual callously handing, out facts. Is there an adverb like it that maybe is a more formal way of saying "Duh!"? Oct 23, 2016 at 22:43

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