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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This was painfully evident when the 31-year-old Kashmiri, a member of the Jammu & Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) party, wrote a thread on Twitter on Aug. 18. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Getting trolled is a small price to pay to get information out of Kashmir, says activist Shehla Rashid," 22 Aug. 2019 The largely leaderless nature of the protest movement has been both a strength and a weakness, and this was again evident at the protesters’ press conference today. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s protesters fight a new battlefront: PR," 6 Aug. 2019 But just as in his previous portraits, the prince's huge grin was immediately evident. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Prince George's Sixth Birthday Portraits Compare to Previous Years," 21 July 2019 But what was also evident was that the show left many unanswered questions. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Game of Thrones Goes on a Victory Lap—and an Apology Tour," 19 July 2019 The team is tighter than it's ever been — and that's evident on the pitch, too. SI.com, "Enjoy the USWNT's '19ers – This Might Be the Best Version of the Team We Ever See," 17 July 2019 This shift to alt-dairy is especially evident among younger consumers. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "How Are You Celebrating National Ice Cream Day? Here Are Some Ideas," 17 July 2019 Both come from a desire to find a language for something at times when that language might not be immediately evident. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Those Limits Were Not Hindrances: An Interview with Megan Pugh," 25 June 2019 As homelessness soars across the Bay Area, signs of abject poverty are becoming more evident on BART, where commuters mingle uneasily with transients seeking shelter on the trains. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Fentanyl epidemic worsens in San Francisco," 24 June 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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