seem·​ing | \ ˈsē-miŋ How to pronounce seeming (audio) \

Definition of seeming

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: external appearance as distinguished from true character : look



Definition of seeming (Entry 2 of 2)

: outwardly or superficially evident but not true or real the seeming immortality of our heroes

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apparent, illusory, seeming, ostensible mean not actually being what appearance indicates. apparent suggests appearance to unaided senses that may or may not be borne out by more rigorous examination or greater knowledge. the apparent cause of the accident illusory implies a false impression based on deceptive resemblance or faulty observation, or influenced by emotions that prevent a clear view. an illusory sense of security seeming implies a character in the thing observed that gives it the appearance, sometimes through intent, of something else. the seeming simplicity of the story ostensible suggests a discrepancy between an openly declared or naturally implied aim or reason and the true one. the ostensible reason for their visit

Examples of seeming in a Sentence

Noun her altruism is all seeming—she cares only about herself Adjective Parents discussed the teacher's seeming lack of interest in the students. I was fooled by the seeming simplicity of the instructions.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The extraordinary thing about the moment was its seeming ordinariness. Bob Greene, WSJ, 14 Aug. 2022 Dillon and the cop both point toward the stands, with the latter seeming to tell the running back to get back in the stands. Kassidy Hill, USA TODAY, 24 July 2022 But, on the other hand, amid their chaos and Danny Ainge’s seeming desire to remake the roster, the Jazz assuredly are monitoring the market. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 4 July 2022 Australia is, despite our seeming 'larrikin' apathy towards politics, not at all apolitical. Maya Skidmore,, 27 June 2022 Some are sympathetic figures, some heroic, some seeming to play the victim card for arbitrary reasons. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2022 Villanelle would take a few more bullets before floating away lifeless, the blood around her seeming to form angel wings, her hand just out of reach of Eve's. Dan Snierson,, 11 Apr. 2022 Rising from his seeming ‘death,’ Joe will re-emerge as his former self — Ninja Kamui — to avenge his family and friends. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 Meanwhile, since the seventies, well more than three-quarters of Americans have consistently favored the E.R.A., including through its seeming failure, in 1982. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 15 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As with all things Trump and his seeming political, if not criminal, invincibility, the potential softening of support is tempered by several factors. James D. Long, The Conversation, 13 July 2022 In fact, math and science came more naturally to him, a fact that unfolds into another seeming contradiction. Dwain Hebda, Arkansas Online, 31 July 2022 Kennedy, who did not respond to questions submitted through his publisher, embodies a seeming contradiction of the anti-vaccine movement that presents a particularly difficult challenge for lay people. New York Times, 25 May 2022 The seeming contradiction between the diversity in the program and the recent revelations is not one at all because the appearance of Blackness on the surface rarely, if ever, indicates systemic change underneath. Amira Rose Davis, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 This is a situation where the seeming blessing of having mineral resources doesn’t make countries rich. Simon Constable, Forbes, 28 Aug. 2021 The seeming spontaneity on the field is intended to create moments. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 July 2022 Hours after a gunman killed seven people at a July 4th parade in suburban Chicago, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tapped into the frustration of many fellow Democrats at the seeming inability of the U.S. to curb gun violence. Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2022 The Russian gains and the seeming intractable nature of the conflict have given U.S. onlookers cause for concern. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of seeming


15th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1557, in the meaning defined above

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seem·​ing | \ ˈsē-miŋ How to pronounce seeming (audio) \

Kids Definition of seeming

: apparent sense 3 Mom was suspicious of our seeming enthusiasm for work.

Other Words from seeming

seemingly adverb

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