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[ev-i-duh nt] /ˈɛv ɪ dənt/
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 forms
evidentness, noun
nonevident, adjective
preevident, adjective
preevidently, adverb
superevident, adjective
superevidently, adverb
obvious, manifest, palpable, patent, unmistakable. See apparent.
concealed. Unabridged
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  • It was evident, however, she was addressing him upon some subject of import.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • Philippe had turned with evident distress toward the latter.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I cannot, for it is evident that you love me, and such love is condemned by religion.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • But I can always stop when it is evident that I shall cause pain to somebody.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • But it is evident on the whole, that he bore no good will to this pedantic novelty.

British Dictionary definitions for evident


easy to see or understand; readily apparent
Word Origin
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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