Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Plainly; clearly; manifestly; evidently.
  • adv. Seemingly; in appearance only.
  • adv. According to what the speaker has read or been told.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Visibly.
  • adv. Plainly; clearly; manifestly; evidently.
  • adv. Seemingly; in appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Openly; evidently to the senses or the intellect.
  • Seemingly; in appearance, whether in reality or not; as far as one can judge: as, he is apparently well; only apparently friendly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. from appearances alone
  • adv. unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')

Etymologies

From apparent +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The PLA unit is popularly known as the Blue Army, a name apparently picked to distinguish it from the Communist Party's main fighting machine, nicknamed the Red Army.

    Beijing Fires Back at Google

  • By then young Zimmerman had changed his name apparently after Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and had adopted some of Guthrie's persona.

    Peter Dreier: The Political Bob Dylan

  • In addition to amalgamating the words "made in", the term apparently translates phonetically into Chinese as "without a roof".

    Exhibitions picks of the week

  • You used the word apparently earlier, I said, as in apparently they were targeting my birth mother.

    The Lovers

  • (The title apparently refers to the weight of a human heart.)

    Is Seven Pounds The New Pay It Forward?

  • Strips is an acronym apparently coined by a bump-and-grind ecdysiast enthusiast at Treasury for “Separate Trading of Registered Interest and Principal of Securities.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • From Hegel the term apparently entered the vocabulary of different systems and intellectual movements, although the ground had been prepared gradually for this absorption through the scattered ideas analyzed before.

    VOLKSGEIST

  • By then, of course, she may be immune to embarrassment, which is presumably the point of saddling your offspring with a name apparently based on the skin colour of a person on a faulty intravenous drip.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Programs of social insurance have become "entitlements," a word apparently meant to signify not a collectively provided and cherished basis for family-income security, but a sinister threat to our national well-being.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The expression apparently created by Victor Hugo and used by Churchill after WWII, means the United States of Europe-U.S.E. Geithner discussing the Euro with Bernanke ahead of European trip

    Forbes.com: News

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  • Oh, I hear ya kisholi. Everytime I hear or use the word apparently now, it invokes that memory of Susan from Coupling saying it with that upward inflection.

    November 12, 2007

  • I use this quite a bit too petitfour... I caught it from watching that blonde chick in the BBC TV series Coupling. She uses it to good effect :)

    April 5, 2007

  • I use this word far too much.

    "It's snowing outside."
    "Apparently!"

    April 4, 2007

  • He is apparently a gentleman.

    March 14, 2007

  • He apparently looked scared of the dog because he didn't even got closer to it.

    March 14, 2007