evident

adjective
ev·​i·​dent | \ˈe-və-dənt, -və-ˌdent\

Definition of evident 

: clear to the vision or understanding

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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

Examples of evident in a Sentence

She spoke with evident anguish about the death of her son. The problems have been evident for quite some time.

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Nowhere was this more evident than in St. Petersburg. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a victory for the immigrant dream," 12 July 2018 No place was this more evident than at Nikki Beach's famed Sunday brunch. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How St. Barth's Survived the Devastating Hurricanes of 2017," 10 July 2018 Nowhere is the squeeze between Trump and his trade policies more evident than in North Dakota, where Trump is trying to oust incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Tory Newmyer, chicagotribune.com, "Trump tariffs could test unity for Republican candidates in key Senate races," 5 July 2018 The camaraderie between the elite group of about 10 pole-vaulters has never been more evident, thanks in part to Kendricks’s lead. Brian Pinelli, New York Times, "In Pole Vault, Sam Kendricks Is a Team Player," 4 July 2018 Nowhere is the schism between the highs and the lows of fashion more evident than in menswear. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Spring 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 27 June 2018 His changing portrayals of bison (an animal associated with the Indian) are more evident. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West’ Review: Where the Sublime Joins the Melancholy," 25 June 2018 Nowhere was that sense of responsibility more evident than in Alexandria last October. James Masters, CNN, "Mohamed Salah and the hope of 100 million Egyptians: 'I don't feel the pressure'," 14 June 2018 Nowhere does that seem to be more evident than between Gunvalson and Dodd. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "The Real Housewives of Orange County," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of evident

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for evident

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

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evident

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of evident

: clear to the sight or mind

evident

adjective
ev·​i·​dent | \ˈe-və-dənt \

Kids Definition of evident

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

Other Words from evident

evidently \ -​dənt-​lē, -​ˌdent-​ \ adverb

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