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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The hollowness of these false promises is finally evident to the broad electorate. David Dayen, The New Republic, "The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It," 12 July 2018 Among Democrats, the lack of interest in the courts is evident even among the most educated and active voters of the party's base — an issue that strategists are trying to better understand and mitigate. Seung Min Kim, chicagotribune.com, "Democrats hope Kennedy's retirement will make courts a galvanizing issue for voters," 7 July 2018 That is evident in how the city’s inhabitants are finding profit in other smuggling ventures. The Economist, "On the edge of the Sahara, people mourn the decline of people-smuggling," 5 July 2018 While the Marauders have not played a game yet, his influence on Mt. Vernon’s players is already evident. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Former Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner rejuvenated in new stop at Mt. Vernon," 3 July 2018 The full-page capabilities of the Portrait Display are evident here. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 That’s evident in statistics showing just how much of Chinese exports to the States are made by US companies operating in China. Zachary Karabell, WIRED, "Why the US-China ‘Trade War’ Remains a War of Words," 30 May 2018 This award recognizes a student who has made significant overall contributions to the college and community where personal time, effort and dedication are evident. The Aegis, "Harford Community College celebrates 60th graduation Thursday," 25 May 2018 But part of his legacy was evident in the way the department addressed the Safeway fire, officials said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Lessons from Phoenix firefighter's 2001 death influenced way crews handled Safeway fire," 12 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of evident

: clear to the sight or mind


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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