seem·​ing·​ly | \ ˈsē-miŋ-lē How to pronounce seemingly (audio) \

Definition of seemingly

: 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 WalshThese 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 WoodmanThen, 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 BrennerDumbledore had most of the remaining Death Eaters grouped in the middle of the room, seemingly immobilized by invisible ropes.— J. K. Rowling

First Known Use of seemingly

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seemingly was circa 1616

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“Seemingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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