from The Century Dictionary.
- By means of self-evidence: without extraneous proof or reasoning.
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- adverb In a
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- adverb in a self-evident manner
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It is a fruitless argument where both sides insist that the boundary of acceptability is what they say it is — without a single piece of evidence in favor of their points — each implying that it is self-evidently obvious that their claim is true, heedless of the fact that their opponent considers it self-evidently false.
The idea that homosexuality is akin to a physical disability is self-evidently absurd -- the military doesn't prevent gays and lesbians from serving, just serving openly.
Projects that can seem self-evidently good to a liberal -- such as democracy, peace-making, concern for the environment, the liberation of women, or freedom of speech -- can seem evil or even Satanic to a fundamentalist.
According to the squaddies, the couple are only in it for the money, are self-evidently appalling parents and possibly worse.
To claim that an Irish Language Act would have "no adverse impacts" on those who do not speak Irish is self-evidently contradicted by experience in the Republic of Ireland - the very model invoked by the St Andrews Act and the consultation paper
Everybody says stuff like this all the time as if it were self-evidently true, but almost nobody can point to examples of analogous professionals …
The phrase “the exception that proves the rule” does not mean “the counterexample to my hypothesis which proves that my hypothesis is correct,” which is self-evidently ridiculous. wlpeak Says:
In the context of London with millions of trips being made by public transport, walking and cycling it is self-evidently fair to levy a charge on the much smaller number of car trips that cause a much larger environmental burden than non-car trips.
Everybody says stuff like this all the time as if it were self-evidently true, but almost nobody can point to examples of analogous professionals (college professors, coaches, violin tutors) flocking to work with the “highest-need students.”
In my case, I find it difficult to think of the slight discomfort caused by my fellow traveler the sebaceous cyst as anything that meets the real requirements of the term “pain,” since it is self-evidently not serious in the larger scheme of things.