Definition of seeming in English:

seeming

adjective

  • 1Appearing to be real or true, but not necessarily being so; apparent:

    ‘Ellen's seeming indifference to the woman's fate’
    • ‘This explains the seeming paradox of why we have a lower acceptance of combat casualties with a volunteer military than we had with a draft Army.’
    • ‘What is more illuminating is your seeming indifference to the lack of consideration paid by the BMCC Board to student issues.’
    • ‘How can we explain this seeming inconsistency?’
    • ‘Here are some of the seeming contradictions that appear in the space of just two-thirds of a USA Today page.’
    • ‘While his anti-administration sentiments make him a seeming dissenter, he is very quick to state, though not as a contradiction, that he also loves his homeland.’
    • ‘Of course this perspective is not available to the empiricists, and they do not have such a straightforward explanation of the seeming necessity of mathematics.’
    • ‘One issue with the exterior design is a seeming lack of individuality, as it appears to combine design cues from a number of other cars and look a bit generic.’
    • ‘A major reason for the seeming indifference is the cost of treatment.’
    • ‘Last season's rookie of the year scares the big teams of the conference, with his seeming indifference to pressure.’
    • ‘One of the big differences between the pre-1989 and the post-1989 left is the seeming lack of any serious economic manifesto published by the latter.’
    • ‘The seeming acceptance by the Royal Family of the heir to the throne's new wife has also been of major importance.’
    • ‘Such reform is arranged of seeming necessity within the context of a silent covenant.’
    • ‘Much discussed is the seeming indifference of many young people.’
    • ‘They reported being overwhelmed at times with the societal pressure to give their kids things - and the seeming lack of gratitude their kids possessed.’
    • ‘As a tourist who was then about to leave for China, I had wondered if this alleged seeming lack of attention to basic standards of restaurant health and safety was common in China.’
    • ‘Yet in the seeming confusion, there is apparent order.’
    • ‘A logical pattern develops, with seeming natural consequences appearing for a variety of actions.’
    • ‘To an outsider the banter, the seeming indifference to the awful things being done to the patient in this room in the cause of health, are shocking.’
    • ‘This seeming inadequacy of the real world is the crux of Shaw's enterprise.’
    • ‘This seeming indifference to atrocity feeds the central government's sinking reputation at home and abroad.’
    apparent, outward, surface
    pretended, feigned, specious, professed, supposed, presumed, avowed, so-called, alleged, declared, claimed, purported, ostensible
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    1. 1.1[in combination] Giving the impression of having a specified quality:
      ‘an angry-seeming man’

noun

literary
  • [mass noun] The outward appearance or aspect of someone or something, especially when considered as deceptive or as distinguished from reality:

    ‘that dissidence between inward reality and outward seeming’
    • ‘In the former case, on the other hand, one accepts the claims about how experience and agency seem to us but simply dismisses such seemings as illusory.’
    • ‘These seemings have narrow contents because they supervene on local properties of me and inverted-me.’

Pronunciation:

seeming

/ˈsiːmɪŋ/