seem·​ing·​ly ˈsē-miŋ-lē How to pronounce seemingly (audio)
: outwardly or apparently
used to indicate how something appears or seems
a seemingly simple problem [=a problem that seems simple]
a seemingly endless project [=a project that seems to have no end]
The balance of nature—an ideal state in which every species is in its right place—is seemingly being upended.Bryan Walsh
These were years in which seemingly every city authority from Adelaide to Oslo had set its heart on the construction of an unsurpassably iconic building …Ellis Woodman
Then, in 1929, taste arbiter Emily Post sanctioned a seemingly irreversible shift in manners: "No rule of etiquette is of less importance than which fork we use."Douglas Brenner
Dumbledore had most of the remaining Death Eaters grouped in the middle of the room, seemingly immobilized by invisible ropes.J. K. Rowling

Examples of seemingly in a Sentence

a seemingly contented baby who was fast asleep in his crib
Recent Examples on the Web Photos obtained by People Magazine show the couple out shopping in the Hamptons on May 24, seemingly with wedding bands on. Li Cohen, CBS News, 29 May 2024 But choosing not to offer Butler a max extension this offseason could derail those plans, especially with other teams seemingly willing to fulfill his request. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 29 May 2024 The move came without Democratic support, however, with members seemingly empowered to vote against the legislation following the DNC announcement. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 28 May 2024 Hence the meeting of the two companies most recently was seemingly kismet. Essence, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for seemingly 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seemingly was circa 1616

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“Seemingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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