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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Plainly; clearly; manifestly; evidently.
  • adv. Seemingly; in appearance only.
  • adv. According to what the speaker has read or been told.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Visibly.
  • adv. Plainly; clearly; manifestly; evidently.
  • adv. Seemingly; in appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Openly; evidently to the senses or the intellect.
  • Seemingly; in appearance, whether in reality or not; as far as one can judge: as, he is apparently well; only apparently friendly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. from appearances alone
  • adv. unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')


From apparent +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)


  • The PLA unit is popularly known as the Blue Army, a name apparently picked to distinguish it from the Communist Party's main fighting machine, nicknamed the Red Army.

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  • By then young Zimmerman had changed his name apparently after Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and had adopted some of Guthrie's persona.

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  • In addition to amalgamating the words "made in", the term apparently translates phonetically into Chinese as "without a roof".

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  • You used the word apparently earlier, I said, as in apparently they were targeting my birth mother.

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  • (The title apparently refers to the weight of a human heart.)

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  • Strips is an acronym apparently coined by a bump-and-grind ecdysiast enthusiast at Treasury for “Separate Trading of Registered Interest and Principal of Securities.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • From Hegel the term apparently entered the vocabulary of different systems and intellectual movements, although the ground had been prepared gradually for this absorption through the scattered ideas analyzed before.


  • By then, of course, she may be immune to embarrassment, which is presumably the point of saddling your offspring with a name apparently based on the skin colour of a person on a faulty intravenous drip. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Programs of social insurance have become "entitlements," a word apparently meant to signify not a collectively provided and cherished basis for family-income security, but a sinister threat to our national well-being.

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  • The expression apparently created by Victor Hugo and used by Churchill after WWII, means the United States of Europe-U.S.E. Geithner discussing the Euro with Bernanke ahead of European trip News


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  • Oh, I hear ya kisholi. Everytime I hear or use the word apparently now, it invokes that memory of Susan from Coupling saying it with that upward inflection.

    November 12, 2007

  • I use this quite a bit too petitfour... I caught it from watching that blonde chick in the BBC TV series Coupling. She uses it to good effect :)

    April 5, 2007

  • I use this word far too much.

    "It's snowing outside."

    April 4, 2007

  • He is apparently a gentleman.

    March 14, 2007

  • He apparently looked scared of the dog because he didn't even got closer to it.

    March 14, 2007