- readily perceived by the eye or the understanding; evident; obvious; apparent; plain: a manifest error.
- Psychoanalysis. of or relating to conscious feelings, ideas, and impulses that contain repressed psychic material: the manifest content of a dream as opposed to the latent content that it conceals.
- to make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding; show plainly: He manifested his approval with a hearty laugh.
- to prove; put beyond doubt or question: The evidence manifests the guilt of the defendant.
- to record in a ship's manifest.
- a list of the cargo carried by a ship, made for the use of various agents and officials at the ports of destination.
- a list or invoice of goods transported by truck or train.
- a list of the cargo or passengers carried on an airplane.
Origin of manifest
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Examples from the Web for manifestly
A Facebook photo from the event shows the manifestly proud papa beaming beside his son.A True Tough Guy: The Mafia, Gays, and Michael Sam’s Boyfriend
May 15, 2014
His tone as captured by the video he then posted on Facebook is not manifestly that of some a fanatic or a psychopath.Don’t Turn This Malaysia Airlines Pilot Into Flight 370’s Richard Jewell
March 17, 2014
He had gone on to live with aunt, Shirley Brown and an uncle, James Brown, who is a manifestly legitimate minister.Free Demaryius Thomas’s Mom After 14 Years on a Drug Charge
January 30, 2014
If your selfie is so boring it manifestly bores even you, nobody wants to see it.When Not to Take a Selfie
December 11, 2013
The group that seemed as manifestly happy as de Blasio and his wife.Bill De Blasio’s Retro Values Are Back in Fashion
September 30, 2013
He was so manifestly embarrassed that the small lady laughed.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The reflection is manifestly Shakespeare's own, and here the form, too, is characteristic.
All these are manifestly characteristics of Hamlet, and Posthumus possesses no others.
Manifestly, Shakespeare is thinking of Herbert and his base betrayal.
With his companions, however, the feeling was manifestly different.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- easily noticed or perceived; obvious; plain
- psychoanal of or relating to the ostensible elements of a dreammanifest content Compare latent (def. 5)
- (tr) to show plainly; reveal or displayto manifest great emotion
- (tr) to prove beyond doubt
- (intr) (of a disembodied spirit) to appear in visible form
- (tr) to list in a ship's manifest
- a customs document containing particulars of a ship, its cargo, and its destination
- a list of cargo, passengers, etc, on an aeroplane
- a list of railway trucks or their cargo
- mainly US and Canadiana fast freight train carrying perishables
Word Origin and History for manifestly
late 14c., "to spread" (one's fame), "to show plainly," from manifest (adj.) or else from Latin manifestare "to discover, disclose, betray" (see manifest (adj.)). Meaning "to display by actions" is from 1560s; reflective sense, of diseases, etc., "to reveal as in operation" is from 1808. Related: Manifested; manifesting.
late 14c., "clearly revealed," from Old French manifest "evident, palpable," (12c.), or directly from Latin manifestus "plainly apprehensible, clear, apparent, evident;" of offenses, "proved by direct evidence;" of offenders, "caught in the act," probably from manus "hand" (see manual) + -festus "struck" (cf. second element of infest).
Other nations have tried to check ... the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the Continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions. [John O'Sullivan (1813-1895), "U.S. Magazine & Democratic Review," July 1845]
The phrase apparently is O'Sullivan's coinage; the notion is as old as the republic.