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seeming

noun seem·ing \ ˈsē-miŋ \

Definition of seeming

:external appearance as distinguished from true character :look

Examples of seeming in a Sentence

  1. her altruism is all seeming—she cares only about herself

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First Known Use of seeming

15th century


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seeming

adjective

Definition of seeming

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

seemingly

adverb

Examples of seeming in a Sentence

  1. Parents discussed the teacher's seeming lack of interest in the students.

  2. I was fooled by the seeming simplicity of the instructions.

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First Known Use of seeming

circa 1557

Synonym Discussion of seeming

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

SEEMING Defined for English Language Learners

seeming

adjective

Definition of seeming for English Language Learners

  • : appearing to be true but not being true or certain


SEEMING Defined for Kids

seeming

adjective seem·ing \ ˈsē-miŋ \

Definition of seeming for Students

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

seemingly

adverb


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