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Etymology edit

apparent +‎ -ly

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Adverb edit

apparently (comparative more apparently, superlative most apparently)

  1. (archaic) Plainly; clearly; manifestly; evidently.
    Synonyms: obviously, plainly, clearly, evidently, visibly; see also Thesaurus:obviously
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, act 4, scene 1:
      If he should scorn me so apparently.
    • 1633, Iohn Ford [i.e., John Ford], Loues Sacrifice. A Tragedie [], London: [] I[ohn] B[eale] for Hugh Beeston, [], →OCLC, (please specify the page):
      One, my lord, that doth so palpably, so apparently make her adulteries a trophy, whiles the poting-stick to her unsatiate goatish abomination jeers at, and flouts your sleepish, and more than sleepish, security.
  2. Seemingly; in appearance.
    Synonyms: ostensibly, seemingly; see also Thesaurus:ostensibly
    A man may be apparently friendly, yet malicious in heart.
    • 2006, Donald Ringe, From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic (A Linguistic History of English; 1)‎[1], Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 197:
      The r-stems had apparently been reduced to the five nuclear kinship terms that still survive in Modern English.
  3. According to what the speaker has read or heard.
    Synonyms: allegedly, reportedly
    Apparently you are quite a good dancer.
    • 2006, Lois Lewandowski, The Fatal Heir: A Gillian Jones Mystery, iUniverse, →ISBN, page 169:
      " [] Apparently they are going to contact the adoption agency and see if they can locate that child. [] "

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