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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From then on, everything that happens is so self-evident that further synopsis is superfluous. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Choir Boy’ Review: A Familiar Sermon," 17 Jan. 2019 Cook pointed to macroeconomic trends as the cause, but there's also the self-evident trend of phone stagnation, at Apple and on the whole. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "For Apple's Big Event on Monday, Hardware Is Just a Sideshow," 21 Mar. 2019 That was merely the first, immediately evident flaw. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Should You Attend the Women's March?," 16 Jan. 2019 Across the United States, temperature increases were most evident at night and in summer and fall. Seth Borenstein And Nicky Forster, Cincinnati.com, "Warned 30 years ago, global warming 'is in our living room'," 18 June 2018 That’s because the signs of an unhealthy scalp aren’t so evident on first glance. Adam Hurly, GQ, "Here's How to Fix Your Dry, Itchy Scalp," 15 June 2018 Democratic voters’ determination to retake the House was particularly evident in New Jersey, where voters backed all three candidates favored by the national party, including a pro-gun, conservative Democrat, Jeff Van Drew. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Big day of primaries points to a nail-biter in the fall," 6 June 2018 The league's focus on images and visuals is nothing new, and was similarly evident in how the league dealt with domestic violence over the past few years. Eric Levenson, CNN, "NFL's anthem decision shows the league's obsession with visuals and optics," 24 May 2018 Investors’ cautious optimism was evident Thursday as Treasury yields fell but the S&P 500 pared initial declines following a disappointing retail sales report. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Debt Investors Embrace ‘Upside Down’ World After Fed Shift," 14 Feb. 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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