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.
Recent Examples on the Web Even if his talent occasionally shone through, Dunn’s lack of physicality and nascent chemistry with the rest of Phoenix’s backline was evident. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 20 Oct. 2021 The best communicators in the company will be evident after going through media training. Oscar Frazier, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 That was evident Friday, when Williams had nine carries for 192 yards and TDs of 39, 81 and 25 yards. Rick Armstrong, chicagotribune.com, 19 Oct. 2021 That much was evident down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 17 Oct. 2021 Discrimination is evident when older adults' needs aren't recognized and respected or when they're treated less favorably than younger people. Judith Graham, CNN, 17 Oct. 2021 Both players showed the ability to bounce outside, which hasn’t been evident all season. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 17 Oct. 2021 But the joy of the longtime hockey diehards at ESPN — among them Linda Cohn, Steve Levy, and John Buccigross — has been evident. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 That worry was evident in the panel’s broad discussions over two days of dense briefings. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evident. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of evident

: clear to the sight or mind : obvious


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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