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!”
Recent Examples on the Web The protesters are evidently inspired by the many agitations at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the past few years, most recently over a similar fee hike. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Inspired by India’s JNU, students in Pakistan hit the streets today," 29 Nov. 2019 Beyond increasing his lobbying bill, the sanctions on Mr Gertler did not evidently change his behaviour. The Economist, "Donald Trump uses sanctions more keenly than any of his predecessors," 24 Nov. 2019 The Mueller report was about Russia, and the Ukraine scandal evidently is as well. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Trump impeachment inquiry: Mystery of our time | Commentary," 17 Nov. 2019 While Norton’s goal was evidently to deliver a period epic that marries fun genre material with something historical and weighty, the final product fails on all counts. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Motherless Brooklyn Is a Passion Project Without Heart," 31 Oct. 2019 Howard didn’t finish the game with evidently a return of his knee injury. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Ten thoughts on Dolphins’ 27-14 loss to Steelers," 29 Oct. 2019 My father, a young med student, disappeared from her life mid-pregnancy after his parents found out that my mother was eight years older than him and evidently not a virgin. Catherine Texier, Longreads, "I’m 72. So What?," 24 Oct. 2019 For this reason, the administration has evidently concluded that the smart approach is to follow through with the legal process. Charles Hankla, The Conversation, "Trump is flouting global trade rules with China yet embracing them with the EU – here’s why it matters," 18 Oct. 2019 During that lunch visit, Harry evidently tried to avoid being seen interacting too much with the Trumps. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Are Meghan Markle and Ivanka Trump seriously going to be at the same society wedding?," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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5 Dec 2019

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“Evidently.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evidently. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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 state or do over again or repeatedly

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