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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Apparent; ostensible.
  • noun Outward appearance; semblance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a becoming or seemly manner; seemly.
  • Becoming; befitting; proper; seemly.
  • That appears to be (real, proper, or the like); having a semblance or appearance of being real, or what is purported; ostensible; apparent: as, seeming happiness; a seeming friend.
  • noun Appearance; show; outward appearance or looks; semblance; especially, a false appearance.
  • noun Fair appearance.
  • noun Opinion; judgment; way of thinking; estimate; apprehension.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having a semblance, whether with or without reality; apparent; specious; befitting.
  • noun Appearance; show; semblance; fair appearance; speciousness.
  • noun obsolete Apprehension; judgment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of seem.
  • adjective apparent
  • noun outward appearance
  • noun obsolete apprehension; judgement

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

  • adjective appearing as such but not necessarily so

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