Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Easily seen or understood; obvious. See Synonyms at apparent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Obviously true by simple observation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Clear to the vision; especially, clear to the understanding, and satisfactory to the judgment

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Plainly seen or perceived; manifest; obvious; plain: as, an evident mistake; it is evident that he took the wrong path.
  • Clearly discernible or distinguishable; certain; indubitable: as, in entomology, an evident scutellum (that is, one well developed, or not concealed by other parts).
  • Furnishing evidence; conclusive.
  • Synonyms Clear, Plain, etc. (see manifest, a.); palpable, patent, unmistakable. See list under apparent.
  • n. Something which serves as evidence; evidence; specifically, in Scots law, a writ or title-deed by which property is proved: a term used in conveyancing.

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

  • adj. capable of being seen or noticed
  • adj. clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ēvidēns, ēvident- : ē-, ex-, ex- + vidēns, present participle of vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin evidens ("visible, apparent, clear, plain") (compare Late Latin evideri ("to appear plainly")), from Latin e ("out") + videre ("see"), present participle videns, deponent videri ("to appear, seem"). (Wiktionary)

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