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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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 And evidently, people think that's 10 weeks too long. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Ginger Zee Fires Back at People Criticizing Her for Taking Maternity Leave," 19 Apr. 2018 The discovery was the culmination of an evidently painstaking operation involving Thai navy SEAL divers, a U.S. military team, British cave experts, Chinese first responders, and volunteer workers from countries around the world. NBC News, "How search-and-rescue crews found the missing Thai boys soccer team," 2 July 2018 Meanwhile, after a high of 91 on Thursday afternoon at Philadelphia International Airport on a day with heat indexes in the upper 90s, the weather evidently is about to take a dramatic turn. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "Philadelphia reports first heat wave death in two years; flood watch in effect," 5 July 2018 Frocks and frock coats alike were designed askew and evidently elaborate. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Aganovich Joins the Couture Calendar With a Collection More Homespun Than Haute," 2 July 2018 It’s been banned in public — but smoking, the theme of the fall-winter couture, has evidently not been outlawed as a source of fashion inspiration. Washington Post, "Standing ovation at Valentino caps Paris couture week," 4 July 2018 What happened with Dylann Roof, what happened in Charlottesville, what happened in other areas is symptomatic of a much larger problem that evidently the entire country is still going through. Lily Rothman, Time, "New Orleans Mayor on Fixing the Story of Race in America: ‘If It Was Taught One Way, It Can Be Unlearned’," 19 Mar. 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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