ev·​i·​dent·​ly | \ ˈe-və-dənt-lē How to pronounce evidently (audio) , -ə-ˌdent-, especially for sense 2 often ˌev-ə-ˈdent- How to pronounce evidently (audio) \

Definition of evidently

1 : in an evident manner : clearly, obviously any style … so evidently bad or second-rate— T. S. Eliot
2 : on the basis of available evidence he was born … evidently in Texas— Robert Coughlan

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Examples of evidently in a Sentence

Evidently you and I have different feelings on this issue. “We seem to have different feelings on this issue.” “Evidently!”

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Berlin and some investors evidently hope this would finally stabilize Deutsche Bank, which has struggled to boost profits since the 2008 global panic.... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Berlin’s Bad Bank Idea," 14 Mar. 2019 Eric's car of the year also wore an Alfa badge, so the company is evidently doing something right over there. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Cars Technica cars and SUVs of the year," 30 Dec. 2018 Still, the veteran took the unusual measure of throwing in the bullpen after being pulled, evidently trying to work through whatever mechanical issue has plagued him the past three starts. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wil Myers' homer matters this time, Padres down Diamondbacks in 16," 8 July 2018 This is another small film, made on a self-evidently low budget, that has a big imagination and is bedeviled by tough, urgent political questions. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018 Today, of course, AOL evidently doesn’t have a monopoly over cyberspace. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "How the antitrust battles of the ‘90s set the stage for today’s tech giants," 6 Sep. 2018 All these years later, he was diagnosed with an infection of rat lungworm, a parasite the slug had evidently been carrying. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How Parasites Can Lie Dormant for Years Before Killing You," 6 Nov. 2018 In the lingo of restaurants and bars, eighty-six is an old bit of coded slang that can mean that an item on the menu isn’t available—or, as is evidently the case here, that a customer should be removed from the premises. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "A Restaurant “Eighty-Sixed” Sarah Huckabee Sanders. What Does That Mean?," 23 June 2018 Abduraimov gets around the keyboard with alacrity and precision, but probing the expressive depths of this showpiece is evidently still in his future. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Copland’s generous patriotism gets boost from SF Symphony," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of evidently

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of evidently was in 1532

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English Language Learners Definition of evidently

: in a way that can be easily seen or noticed : in an evident way
used to describe something that appears to be true based on what is known

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