Definition of evidently in English:



  • 1In a way that is clearly seen or understood; obviously.

    ‘a work so evidently laden with significance’
    • ‘They both nodded in affirmation, evidently satisfied.’
    • ‘Unusually for such cases, she was evidently competent and clearly stated her wish for the ventilator to be switched off.’
    • ‘These evidently represented significant political moves to assert the role of fundamental human rights within the European Union.’
    • ‘All these projects were, quite evidently, communal projects and were a product of cooperation among the members of society.’
    • ‘However, Partick evidently had not read the script.’
    • ‘She looked distinguished and we said so, but she was evidently looking for something more.’
    • ‘The poetry they quoted, though it was widely circulated among contemporaries, was evidently new to him.’
    • ‘Cassandra clearly identified with the woman, although she evidently has no plans to commit suicide herself.’
    • ‘By any standards, then, America is distinctive in the extent to which firearms evidently make up a common part of the fabric of national life.’
    • ‘It was here that doubt took me; my enemy was evidently experienced and crafty.’
    • ‘His undeniable sophistication evidently needs something to engage with outside of itself.’
    • ‘Even in the face of seemingly unstoppable natural disasters, some are evidently more equal than others.’
    • ‘What few complaints there are in this area come from writers who are evidently, manifestly ignorant of the subject.’
    • ‘The pizza base (handmade with organic flour) was evidently homespun, with its biscuity, nicely burned crust.’
    • ‘They had evidently heard the planes and were pulling in under some trees.’
    • ‘This distinction is evidently rough and needs refinement, but one has some sense of what is intended.’
    obviously, clearly, plainly, perceptibly, visibly, discernibly, transparently, manifestly, patently, palpably, distinctly, markedly, blatantly
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  • 2[sentence adverb] It would seem that.

    ‘evidently Mrs Smith thought differently’
    • ‘The water pressure was really low and evidently, our super-low garden faucet is one of the only ones in the area dribbling water at intervals.’
    • ‘Howard was evidently a believer in the written word, among other things.’
    • ‘Cancer is evidently not a sign that revels in the distinction of being a British royal.’
    • ‘It is, after all, April, and the boys mother evidently continued to send him to school even though she knew that he was hitting other children.’
    • ‘They are in great shape physically and endowed with a terrific attitude to life which is evidently better than any skin cream when it comes to attracting the admiring eye of man.’
    • ‘Indeed, if the journalist is to better understand the topic upon which he prepares an article then evidently he has to be better informed.’
    • ‘Her motives for this disastrous plea are never clearly explained, but evidently she wants to protect Arthur.’
    • ‘The Bank of England thinks it is pretty close and has said so; the Treasury evidently disagrees.’
    • ‘Charlotte is poor, although evidently not the kind of poor that actually requires working for a living.’
    • ‘It evidently has found a receptive audience among current senior US civilian and military leaders.’
    • ‘As it stands, bandits clearly hold the monopoly on firearms and evidently, supplies aren't limited.’
    • ‘The apparent meanders are evidently an artifact arising from close juxtaposition of the oval units.’
    • ‘Apparently, the market agrees that what is evidently a radical development is a highly acceptable one.’
    • ‘On his release, the widowed trickster evidently won himself a rich wife among the élite Jewish merchant class in Frankfort.’
    • ‘And, more than sixty years on from the siege, the compelling attraction of music in this place is evidently still felt by ordinary citizens.’
    • ‘There was evidently some deep distinction in a fox's psyche between moving objects and stationary ones.’
    • ‘Apparently they miss us something awful - but evidently not enough to update their address book.’
    • ‘Kat had no idea what significance the backpack held, but it evidently wasn't good.’
    • ‘For him, evidently, the confusion started around 1990, when all those gates were opening up.’
    • ‘However much he amassed, it evidently wasn't enough.’
    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
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    1. 2.1Used as an affirmative response.
      ‘‘Were they old pals or something?’ ‘Evidently.’’