plain or clear to the sight or understanding: His frown made it evident to all that he was displeased. It was evident that the project was a total failure.

Origin of evident

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ēvident- (stem of ēvidēns), equivalent to ē- e-1 + vident- (stem of vidēns) present participle of vidēre to see; see video, -ent
Related formsev·i·dent·ness, nounnon·ev·i·dent, adjectivepre·ev·i·dent, adjectivepre·ev·i·dent·ly, adverbsu·per·ev·i·dent, adjectivesu·per·ev·i·dent·ly, adverb

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Historical Examples of evident

  • Philippe had turned with evident distress toward the latter.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • There was no one in sight, but it was evident that a party from an American ship had visited the island.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • But I can always stop when it is evident that I shall cause pain to somebody.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Grace and a miracle had made the startling fact palpable and evident.

  • That it is one tree seems to be evident from the growth of the bark only on the outside.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

British Dictionary definitions for evident



easy to see or understand; readily apparent

Word Origin for evident

C14: from Latin ēvidēns, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for evident

late 14c., from Old French evident and directly from Latin evidentem (nominative evidens) "perceptible, clear, obvious, apparent" from ex- "fully, out of" (see ex-) + videntem (nominative videns), present participle of videre "to see" (see vision).

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