- apparent; appearing, whether truly or falsely, to be as specified: a seeming advantage.
- appearance, especially outward or deceptive appearance.
Origin of seeming
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1. ostensible, external, superficial. 2. semblance, face, pretense.
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Examples from the Web for seemingly
Cambodia, with its seemingly free press, is also a haven for foreign journalists.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy
January 9, 2015
Angelina Jolie was able to seemingly glide into the Vatican on Thursday to present her new film ‘Unbroken.’Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds
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January 8, 2015
Life is a series of seemingly throwaway moments strung together in a peculiar tapestry, and Linklater has captured it beautifully.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
The seemingly endless ranks snapped to attention on command and thousands of white gloves rose in salute.
“It is the hardest to play,” one of the buglers says of this seemingly simple tune.
The hostility to this seemingly harmless teaching was of the most intense.The Conquest of Fear
Only the maid answered the ringing of the telephone, and his notes were seemingly unheeded.
Aggie became flippant, seemingly unimpressed by the Inspector's savageness.
I have often seen my mother try it, and it seemingly refreshed her.Little Dorrit
There were his pursuers making ready for the attack, seemingly hundreds of them.The Law-Breakers
- in appearance but not necessarily in actualitywith seemingly effortless ease
- (sentence modifier) apparently; as far as one knowsseemingly, he had few friends left
- (prenominal) apparent but not actual or genuineseeming honesty
- outward or false appearance
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Word Origin and History for seemingly
late 14c., present participle adjective from seem. Seemingly in sense of "to all appearances" recorded from 1590s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper