apparent; appearing, whether truly or falsely, to be as specified: a seeming advantage.


appearance, especially outward or deceptive appearance.

Origin of seeming

1300–50; Middle English semynge; see seem, -ing2, -ing1
Related formsseem·ing·ly, adverbseem·ing·ness, noun

Synonyms for seeming Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for seemingly

ostensibly, professedly, clearly, obviously, surely

Examples from the Web for seemingly

Contemporary Examples of seemingly

Historical Examples of seemingly

  • The hostility to this seemingly harmless teaching was of the most intense.

  • Only the maid answered the ringing of the telephone, and his notes were seemingly unheeded.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Aggie became flippant, seemingly unimpressed by the Inspector's savageness.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • I have often seen my mother try it, and it seemingly refreshed her.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • There were his pursuers making ready for the attack, seemingly hundreds of them.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for seemingly



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
Derived Formsseemingness, noun
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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