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to (or by) all appearances

Definition of to or by all appearances in English:

As far as can be seen: to all appearances, it had been a normal day
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  • Now such statements are apparently unconfirmable - to all appearances there is no possible evidence of observation which would count for or against them.
  • That must be the thinking at another bar I was in - suddenly they're everywhere - that has an enclosed but, to all appearances, unventilated ‘smoking lounge.’
  • So the moral dilemma: do I pay money to find out for myself, thus lining the pockets of someone who has, to all appearances, committed massive scholarly fraud, or do I paddle along in ignorance?
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