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seeming

[see-ming]
adjective
1.
apparent; appearing, whether truly or falsely, to be as specified: a seeming advantage.
noun
2.
appearance, especially outward or deceptive appearance.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English semynge; see seem, -ing2, -ing1

seemingly, adverb
seemingness, noun


1. ostensible, external, superficial. 2. semblance, face, pretense.
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seeming (ˈsiːmɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  (prenominal) apparent but not actual or genuine: seeming honesty
 
n
2.  outward or false appearance
 
'seemingness
 
n

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seem
c.1200, from O.N. soema "to befit, conform to," and soemr "fitting, seemly," from P.Gmc. *som- (cf. O.E. som "agreement, reconciliation," seman "to conciliate"), related to P.Gmc. *samon (see same).
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