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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Of course, no human can be distilled into a single word, and there’s a case to be made that Lightfoot is all these things, even in their seeming contradiction. Mary Schmich,, 21 May 2021 Leda, by contrast, remains locked in Caritj’s seeming desire to protect her protagonist, even at the expense of joy, growth, and exploration. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 2 May 2021 Today, some influencers, aestheticians and dermatologists are promoting the practice as a way to remove unwanted hair but also as an exfoliation technique—however drastic-seeming. Rory Satran, WSJ, 17 Apr. 2021 The images of Ehlinger seeming to stand alone as the song was played infuriated some in the Texas community, who wanted the entire team on the field as the song played. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 What held my attention across Bridgerton’s eight episodes was its seeming racially utopic backdrop and, more specifically, the inclusion of Black British royalty. Jason Parham, Wired, 2 Mar. 2021 The question of navigating something as frivolous-seeming as sports amid an ongoing crisis is not new, though there are no true historical parallels. John Branch, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2021 Swalwell is still stunned by the seeming ease with which the angry rioters stormed into the Capitol and rampaged through its hallways following a rally near the White House where President Trump made remarks that incited the crowd. Michael Cabanatuan,, 9 Jan. 2021 Officials in Kabul are very aware that Americans are tired of the war — a fact made clear by a near absence of the issue in presidential debates, and by Mr. Biden’s seeming agreement with President Trump’s desire to get out of Afghanistan. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The derivatives gave buyers the option to buy AMC shares from Mudrick Capital for about $40—viewed as a seeming improbability when the stock was trading below $10. Matt Wirz, WSJ, 11 June 2021 Confirmation bias offers an important explanation for this seeming incongruity. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 9 June 2021 Currently, the stock is trading at a seeming overvaluation of forward earnings of 47.5x. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 7 June 2021 He’s someone — in the face of daunting obstacles, moments of taunts and bruising unkindness — who shoos away negativity with the seeming ease of chasing away a fly. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021 But his seeming call to overturn the election sounds a lot like their warning. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 1 June 2021 When a seeming paradigm shift occurs, contemporary commentators will look to ancient Rome for parallels, lessons, warnings. David Marchese, New York Times, 31 May 2021 Early Wednesday, though, soon after the weekly Big 3 breakfast, Patrick went public with his displeasure over the seeming demise of Senate Bill 29, the transgender sports measure. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 26 May 2021 Summers says the seeming simplicity of the move could have attracted people who haven't been working out much throughout the past year. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021

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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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English Language Learners Definition of seeming

somewhat formal : appearing to be true but not being true or certain


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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