Definition of seeming in English:



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

    ‘Ellen's seeming indifference to the woman's fate’
    • ‘They reported being overwhelmed at times with the societal pressure to give their kids things - and the seeming lack of gratitude their kids possessed.’
    • ‘What is more illuminating is your seeming indifference to the lack of consideration paid by the BMCC Board to student issues.’
    • ‘Much discussed is the seeming indifference of many young people.’
    • ‘The seeming acceptance by the Royal Family of the heir to the throne's new wife has also been of major importance.’
    • ‘A major reason for the seeming indifference is the cost of treatment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet in the seeming confusion, there is apparent order.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here are some of the seeming contradictions that appear in the space of just two-thirds of a USA Today page.’
    • ‘This seeming inadequacy of the real world is the crux of Shaw's enterprise.’
    • ‘A logical pattern develops, with seeming natural consequences appearing for a variety of actions.’
    • ‘How can we explain this seeming inconsistency?’
    • ‘Such reform is arranged of seeming necessity within the context of a silent covenant.’
    • ‘This seeming indifference to atrocity feeds the central government's sinking reputation at home and abroad.’
    • ‘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.’
    apparent, outward, surface
    pretended, feigned, specious, professed, supposed, presumed, avowed, so-called, alleged, declared, claimed, purported, ostensible
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    1. 1.1in combination Giving the impression of having a specified quality.
      ‘an angry-seeming man’


mass nounliterary
  • 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.’