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

seemingly, adverb
seemingness, noun

1. ostensible, external, superficial. 2. semblance, face, pretense. Unabridged


verb (used without object)
to appear to be, feel, do, etc.: She seems better this morning.
to appear to one's own senses, mind, observation, judgment, etc.: It seems to me that someone is calling.
to appear to exist: There seems no need to go now.
to appear to be true, probable, or evident: It seems likely to rain.
to give the outward appearance of being or to pretend to be: He only seems friendly because he wants you to like him.

1150–1200; Middle English seme < Old Norse sœma to befit, beseem, derivative of sœmr fitting, seemly; akin to sōmi honor

4. Seem, appear, look refer to an outward aspect that may or may not be contrary to reality. Seem is applied to something that has an aspect of truth and probability: It seems warmer today. Appear suggests the giving of an impression that may be superficial or illusory: The house appears to be deserted. Look more vividly suggests the use of the eye (literally or figuratively) or the aspect as perceived by the eye: She looked very much frightened. Unabridged
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seem (siːm)
1.  (copula) to appear to the mind or eye; look: this seems nice; the car seems to be running well
2.  to give the impression of existing; appear to be: there seems no need for all this nonsense
3.  used to diminish the force of a following infinitive to be polite, more noncommittal, etc: I can't seem to get through to you
[C12: perhaps from Old Norse soma to beseem, from sœmr befitting; related to Old English sēman to reconcile; see same]

seeming (ˈsiːmɪŋ)
1.  (prenominal) apparent but not actual or genuine: seeming honesty
2.  outward or false appearance

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The wine's sweet-seeming fruit, balanced with creamy lemon flavors, will keep you coming back to the corn.
The walls swoop in tight, then flare out, the rock seeming to flow.
One imagines chanting and drumming, the animals on the great pillars seeming to
  move in flickering torchlight.
Some spiders have another seeming superpower: an ability to adhere to sheer
  surfaces, even when upside down.
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