ev·​i·​dent·​ly ˈe-və-dənt-lē How to pronounce evidently (audio)
especially for sense 2 often
ˌev-ə-ˈdent- How to pronounce evidently (audio)
: in an evident manner : clearly, obviously
any style … so evidently bad or second-rateT. S. Eliot
: on the basis of available evidence
he was born … evidently in TexasRobert Coughlan

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of evidently was in 1532

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“Evidently.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evidently. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


ev·​i·​dent·​ly ˈev-əd-ənt-lē How to pronounce evidently (audio) -ə-ˌdent- How to pronounce evidently (audio)
: in an evident manner : obviously
a document evidently forged

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