seeming

noun
seem·​ing | \ˈsē-miŋ \

Definition of seeming 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: external appearance as distinguished from true character : look

seeming

adjective

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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seemingly adverb

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Adjective

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

James Knierim's lab at Hopkins has reconciled this seeming discrepancy in a manner Talmudic in its neatness: there's no contradiction! Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Collating memories of what happened based on where it happened," 25 Nov. 2018 Luzia’’ — often exceed the seeming limits of human possibility (including a genuinely cringe-inducing performance by a contortionist). Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "A Cirque du Soleil show that’s as interested in ‘Ahh’ as ‘Wow’," 29 June 2018 What about the infamous footage of her seeming to drift off during the 2015 State of the Union address? Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg reigns supreme in ‘RBG’ documentary | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 Colombia pounced on the (seeming) error, and Bacca broke in and beat Pickford. Andrew Das, New York Times, "England Shakes Its Shootout Curse and Saves Its World Cup," 5 July 2018 What about the infamous footage of her seeming to drift off during the 2015 State of the Union address? Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg reigns supreme in ‘RBG’ documentary | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 What about the infamous footage of her seeming to drift off during the 2015 State of the Union address? Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg reigns supreme in ‘RBG’ documentary | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 What about the infamous footage of her seeming to drift off during the 2015 State of the Union address? Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg reigns supreme in ‘RBG’ documentary | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 What about the infamous footage of her seeming to drift off during the 2015 State of the Union address? Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg reigns supreme in ‘RBG’ documentary | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Despite casual phone calls from pop stars and her seeming ubiquity at the world’s most glamorous events, Wyatt is, deep down, a homebody. Kate Donnelly, Town & Country, "At Home with Texas Philanthropist Lynn Wyatt," 19 Oct. 2018 The seeming availability of guns, savvy intelligence gathering and the can-do, tough-guy image of Israelis like Mr. Barkat have impressed some American gun-rights advocates. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Is Israel a Model When It Comes to Guns, as Mike Huckabee Says?," 20 Feb. 2018 Yet their seeming lack of sophistication is probably what makes them so touching. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 But the last few weeks have underscored the seeming futility of trying to rout the determination of many seeking refuge in the U.S. Cindy Carcamo, latimes.com, "At the border, mothers prepare to make an agonizing choice," 25 June 2018 The Wolves had the bases loaded with one out as Jacob Scherer sent a seeming game-winning fly ball to right, but Moran gunned down the runner at the plate to end the inning. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Re-live the top plays from a zany St. Paul's-Jesuit 12-inning thriller," 6 May 2018 Despite the seeming failure of regulators to bring robocalling under control, states and the federal government keep trying to rein in abuses. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Why are we getting more and more robocalls every month?," 4 May 2018 But the seeming progress with North Korea has put Trump’s name in the conversation for one of the world’s most prestigious honors. Alex Ward, Vox, "The past 72 hours in North Korea news, explained," 30 Apr. 2018 And for all the seeming contradictions, there is a common denominator between Muslims who espouse anti-Semitic views and those on the far-right (who also hate Muslims), Mr. Morsch said. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "‘Never Again’: Fighting Hate in a Changing Germany With Tours of Nazi Camps," 11 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of seeming

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1557, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seeming was in the 15th century

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seeming

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English Language Learners Definition of seeming

: appearing to be true but not being true or certain

seeming

adjective
seem·​ing | \ˈsē-miŋ \

Kids Definition of seeming

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

Other Words from seeming

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