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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Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images A lack of racial diversity is also extremely evident among Trump’s picks. Li Zhou, Vox, "Trump has gotten 66 judges confirmed this year. In his second year, Obama had gotten 49.," 27 Dec. 2018 The respect for Mauer was evident with the appearance of former Twins managers Molitor, Ron Gardenhire and Tom Kelly and ex-general managers Terry Ryan and Bill Smith. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "For Joe Mauer, being from Minnesota means this isn’t goodbye," 12 Nov. 2018 The couple’s theatrical sensibilities are evident throughout. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Inside Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's Elegantly Theatrical New York Townhouse," 5 Nov. 2018 The impact of competitors may be most evident by looking at the amount of time people spend using Snapchat. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Four reasons Snap’s stock price is at an all-time low," 16 Sep. 2018 Yet, as was evident against Tunisia, and indeed Colombia, with the 20-year-old’s cameo including a few neat passes as well as tucking away his penalty under immense pressure, Rashford offers a little more on the international stage. SI.com, "90min World Cup Fan Diaries: How a Subtle Change Could Turn England From Dreamers to Conquerors," 4 July 2018 The latter two were most evident in this collection though Saint Laurent and Ungaro also came to mind. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alexandre Vauthier Shows "Super Parisian" Couture Collection," 3 July 2018 Having spent the last several months confined to an Israeli detention center, their relief at what had been promised to them in the East African nation—housing and employment and, above all, a path to refugee status—was evident on their faces. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 This is evident in the personal saving rate—the share of after-tax income that goes unspent—which stood at 6.2% in October. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Cross U.S. Consumers Off the Worry List," 14 Dec. 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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