ev·​i·​dent ˈe-və-dənt How to pronounce evident (audio)
: clear to the vision or understanding
Choose the Right Synonym for evident

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

Example Sentences

She spoke with evident anguish about the death of her son. The problems have been evident for quite some time.
Recent Examples on the Web Markelle Fultz’s impact on the Orlando Magic has been evident. Khobi Price, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2023 What is evident, however, is that the Ravens' offense is reliant on Jackson. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2023 The unity, the genuine care and love for one another, is clearly evident. Dave Skretta, Chron, 16 Jan. 2023 That was made evident last September in Baltimore, when tests revealed the presence of E. coli in the drinking water in three sites in West Baltimore, a predominantly Black and low-income area. Michelle Cho, NBC News, 10 Jan. 2023 The dissatisfaction was made even more evident during Cuba’s local elections last month, when 31.5% of eligible voters didn’t cast a ballot — a far cry from the nearly 100% turnout during Fidel Castro's lifetime. Megan Janetsky, ajc, 24 Dec. 2022 That was made evident by the Lincoln-Sudbury senior battling through the fifth set, nerves and all. Ethan Fuller, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2022 The folly of this idea was made evident by the version presented by the Apollon Musagète and La Jolla Music Society favorite Garrick Ohlsson, with a treatment that emphasized the quintet’s powerful brutality and midcentury constructivism. Lukas Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2022 Milton previously cooked for ThinkFoodGroup, the brand that includes Zaytinya, a detail made evident in much of what leaves the open kitchen. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of evident was in the 14th century

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“Evident.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evident. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


ev·​i·​dent ˈev-əd-ənt How to pronounce evident (audio)
: clear to the sight or mind : plain
was evident that they were twins

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