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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. appearing as such but not necessarily so;
- Example: "for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"
- Example: "the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies"
- Example: "the ostensible truth of their theories"
- Example: "his seeming honesty"
[syn: apparent(a), ostensible, seeming(a)]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Seem \Seem\ (s[=e]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Seemed (s[=e]md); p. pr. & vb. n. Seeming.] [OE. semen to seem, to become, befit, AS. s[=e]man to satisfy, pacify; akin to Icel. saema to honor, to bear with, conform to, saemr becoming, fit, s[=o]ma to beseem, to befit, sama to beseem, semja to arrange, settle, put right, Goth. samjan to please, and to E. same. The sense is probably due to the adj. seemly. [root]191. See Same, a., and cf. Seemly.] To appear, or to appear to be; to have a show or semblance; to present an appearance; to look; to strike one's apprehension or fancy as being; to be taken as. "It now seemed probable." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Thou picture of what thou seem'st. --Shak. [1913 Webster] All seemed well pleased; all seemed, but were not all. --Milton. [1913 Webster] There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death. --Prov. xiv. 12. [1913 Webster] It seems, it appears; it is understood as true; it is said. [1913 Webster] A prince of Italy, it seems, entertained his mistress on a great lake. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Syn: To appear; look. Usage: Seem, Appear. To appear has reference to a thing's being presented to our view; as, the sun appears; to seem is connected with the idea of semblance, and usually implies an inference of our mind as to the probability of a thing's being so; as, a storm seems to be coming. "The story appears to be true," means that the facts, as presented, go to show its truth; "the story seems to be true," means that it has the semblance of being so, and we infer that it is true. "His first and principal care being to appear unto his people such as he would have them be, and to be such as he appeared." --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] Ham. Ay, madam, it is common. Queen. If it be, Why seems it so particular with thee? Ham. Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not "seems." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Seeming \Seem"ing\, a. Having a semblance, whether with or without reality; apparent; specious; befitting; as, seeming friendship; seeming truth. [1913 Webster] My lord, you have lost a friend indeed; And I dare swear you borrow not that face Of seeming sorrow, it is sure your own. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Seeming \Seem"ing\, n. 1. Appearance; show; semblance; fair appearance; speciousness. [1913 Webster] These keep Seeming and savor all the winter long. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Apprehension; judgment. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Nothing more clear unto their seeming. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] His persuasive words, impregned With reason, to her seeming. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

seeming adj 1: appearing as such but not necessarily so; "for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"; "the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies"; "the ostensible truth of their theories"; "his seeming honesty" [syn: apparent(a), ostensible, seeming(a)]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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