Definition of evidently in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛvɪd(ə)ntli/


1In a way that is clearly seen or understood; obviously: a work so evidently laden with significance
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  • Unusually for such cases, she was evidently competent and clearly stated her wish for the ventilator to be switched off.
  • What few complaints there are in this area come from writers who are evidently, manifestly ignorant of the subject.
  • This distinction is evidently rough and needs refinement, but one has some sense of what is intended.
2 [sentence adverb] It would seem that: evidently Mrs Smith thought differently
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  • The apparent meanders are evidently an artifact arising from close juxtaposition of the oval units.
  • The Bank of England thinks it is pretty close and has said so; the Treasury evidently disagrees.
  • Apparently they miss us something awful - but evidently not enough to update their address book.
seemingly, apparently, so it seems, as far as one can tell, from all appearances, on the face of it, to all intents and purposes, on the surface, outwardly, ostensibly;
it seems (that), it would seem (that), it appears (that), it would appear (that)
2.1Used as an affirmative response: ‘Were they old pals or something?’ ‘Evidently.’

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