ev·​i·​dent·​ly | \ˈe-və-dənt-lē, -ə-ˌdent-, especially for sense 2 often ˌev-ə-ˈdent- \

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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Still evidently bewildered by his own success, the architect is hardly less determined to capitalize on it than his energetic partner. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 Tofino is evidently the best surfing beach in North America — people go up there year-round and get great waves in the winter, with wet suits. Sandy Deneau Dunham, The Seattle Times, "Jim Olson’s Tofino Beach House is one for the books," 25 Oct. 2018 Saarinen evidently didn’t notice, continuing his discussion about architecture and design. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 The first night evening party evidently featured a lot of chic outfit changes, including Eugenie donning a blush Zac Posen gown. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Behind-the-Scenes at Princess Eugenie's Magical, Festival-Themed, Royal Wedding Receptions," 14 Oct. 2018 Maria and Chris evidently knew one another through mutual friends, which inspired her to put him in touch with Katherine. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "A Timeline of Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger's Relationship," 11 Sep. 2018 The speech evidently didn't resonate among the voting electorate. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Hope Solo Rips Into Carlos Cordeiro, Kathy Carter at U.S. Soccer Presidential Election," 10 Feb. 2018 Newsom evidently thinks he’d be assured of winning in the fall against a Republican and that his prospects would be less certain against a Democrat like Villaraigosa. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The top-two primary could lock out Democrats from key House races.," 5 June 2018 Coach Adam Gase, General Manager Chris Grier and Vice-President of Football Mike Tannenbaum evidently didn’t think Jackson was good enough or could stay healthy with his running. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: What if Dolphins followed Ross' draft advice, traded down? | Commentary," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of evidently

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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