adjective ev·i·dent \ ˈe-və-dənt , -və-ˌdent \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of evident

: clear to the vision or understanding

Examples of evident in a Sentence

  1. She spoke with evident anguish about the death of her son.

  2. The problems have been evident for quite some time.

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Origin and Etymology of evident

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin evident-, evidens, from e- + vident-, videns, present participle of vidēre to see — more at wit

Synonym Discussion of evident

evident, manifest, patent, distinct, obvious, apparent, plain, clear mean readily perceived or apprehended. evident implies presence of visible signs that lead one to a definite conclusion.
    • an evident fondness for sweets
manifest implies an external display so evident that little or no inference is required.
    • manifest hostility
patent applies to a cause, effect, or significant feature that is clear and unmistakable once attention has been directed to it.
    • patent defects
distinct implies such sharpness of outline or definition that no unusual effort to see or hear or comprehend is required.
    • a distinct refusal
obvious implies such ease in discovering that it often suggests conspicuousness or little need for perspicacity in the observer.
    • the obvious solution
apparent is very close to evident except that it may imply more conscious exercise of inference.
    • for no apparent reason
plain suggests lack of intricacy, complexity, or elaboration.
    • her feelings about him are plain
clear implies an absence of anything that confuses the mind or obscures the pattern.
    • a clear explanation

EVIDENT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of evident for English Language Learners

  • : clear to the sight or mind

EVIDENT Defined for Kids


adjective ev·i·dent \ ˈe-və-dənt \

Definition of evident for Students

: clear to the sight or to the mind : plain The problem was evident to all of us.


\-dənt-lē, -ˌdent-\ adverb

Word Root of evident

The Latin word vidēre, meaning “to see”, and its form vīsis give us the roots vid and vis. Words from the Latin vidēre have something to do with seeing. Anything visible is able to be seen. Something evident is able to be seen, sensed, or understood. The video part of a television is the part that is seen, as opposed to the part that is heard. Vision is the ability to see. To visit is to go somewhere to see someone.

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