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[ev-i-duh nt-lee, -dent-; for emphasis ev-i-dent-lee] /ˈɛv ɪ dənt li, -ˌdɛnt-; for emphasis ˌɛv ɪˈdɛnt li/
obviously; apparently.
Origin of evidently
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at evident, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He evidently saw in me a mystery which excited his curiosity.

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • The merchantman had evidently had enough, and saw that there was no further hope.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • evidently there would be no trouble in finding a place to board.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • He was evidently one of the officers in charge of the castle.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • He evidently did not know the speed of the animal I was mounted on, or my temper.

    Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
British Dictionary definitions for evidently


without question; clearly; undoubtedly
to all appearances; apparently: they are evidently related
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Word Origin and History for evidently

late 14c., from evident + -ly (2).

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