ev·​i·​dent | \ ˈe-və-dənt How to pronounce evident (audio) , -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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Blue-sky thinking The drawbacks to the present system of managing air traffic were evident even in the 1950s. The Economist, "Air-traffic control is a mess," 14 June 2019 The toll of Golden State’s five straight Finals was evident in Game 1, most notably on the Warriors’ front line. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "How DeMarcus Cousins Helped Flip the NBA Finals," 5 June 2019 The real-world impact of the conservative-libertarian crackup is evident in the House of Representatives. Jane Coaston, Vox, "David French vs. Sohrab Ahmari and the battle dividing conservatives, explained," 5 June 2019 This nonreciprocity is evident in small markets from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Peter Navarro, WSJ, "A Tariff Issue on Which Free and Fair Traders Can Agree," 28 May 2019 This is evident in the bright playroom, which also makes use of crisp white open shelving for an additional take on toy display. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "This Home Teaches Us Everything We Need to Know About Decorating For Kids," 17 May 2019 And Charlotte's same fun spirit was evident in her first birthday photos, too. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte's Fourth Birthday Portraits Have So Much in Common with Prince Louis's Photos," 1 May 2019 Sharon Tal, one of two creative directors at the 65-year-old brand, did a stint as head of embroidery at Alexander McQueen, and her artful handiwork was evident in Maskit’s Fall lineup, which featured robe coats and loose, mannish suits. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "At Tel Aviv Fashion Week: Celeb-Beloved Designers, Young Talents, and Diverse Runways," 21 Mar. 2019 The effect of those unsustainable price gains is evident in the slumping year-end sales totals tracked by the National Association of Realtors. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class buyers," 23 Jan. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of evident

: clear to the sight or mind


ev·​i·​dent | \ ˈe-və-dənt How to pronounce evident (audio) \

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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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