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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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 Newsletter Sign-up The author, evidently, has never shirked conflict. Tony Fletcher, WSJ, "‘Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite’ Review: The Hardest-Working Man in Rock," 14 Dec. 2018 Donald Trump evidently never heard of the former Republican Speaker of the House from West Chester when Boehner's name came up during his 2016 campaign as a possible chief of staff, according to a new book excerpted in New York magazine. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "John Boehner wasn't famous enough to be Donald Trump's chief of staff, new book says," 3 Jan. 2018 The part that caught my attention, and evidently everyone else’s, were some exchanges regarding the SEC action from earlier this year that got Musk removed as chairman of Tesla’s board and required monitoring of his tweets. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk doesn’t respect the SEC, which is still investigating Tesla," 14 Dec. 2018 The announcement was evidently popular among his followers—at the time of writing, the tweet has 48,000 likes. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk promises big new Tesla Autopilot upgrade, but is it legal?," 10 Dec. 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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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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