Evident vs. Apparent - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Evident (adjective)

    Obviously true by simple observation.

    "It was evident she was angry, after she slammed the door."

  • Apparent (adjective)

    Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye, eyely; within sight or view.

  • Apparent (adjective)

    Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable.

  • Apparent (adjective)

    Appearing to the eye or mind (distinguished from, but not necessarily opposed to, true or real); seeming.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Apparent (adjective)

    clearly visible or understood; obvious

    "it became apparent that he was talented"

    "for no apparent reason she laughed"

  • Apparent (adjective)

    seeming real or true, but not necessarily so

    "his apparent lack of concern"

Webster Dictionary

  • Evident (adjective)

    Clear to the vision; especially, clear to the understanding, and satisfactory to the judgment; as, the figure or color of a body is evident to the senses; the guilt of an offender can not always be made evident.

  • Apparent (adjective)

    Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye; within sight or view.

  • Apparent (adjective)

    Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable.

  • Apparent (adjective)

    Appearing to the eye or mind (distinguished from, but not necessarily opposed to, true or real); seeming; as the apparent motion or diameter of the sun.

  • Apparent (noun)

    An heir apparent.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Evident (adjective)

    clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses;

    "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"

    "evident hostility"

    "manifest disapproval"

    "patent advantages"

    "made his meaning plain"

    "it is plain that he is no reactionary"

    "in plain view"

  • Evident (adjective)

    capable of being seen or noticed;

    "a discernible change in attitude"

    "a clearly evident erasure in the manuscript"

    "an observable change in behavior"

  • Apparent (adjective)

    clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses;

    "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"

    "evident hostility"

    "manifest disapproval"

    "patent advantages"

    "made his meaning plain"

    "it is plain that he is no reactionary"

    "in plain view"

  • Apparent (adjective)

    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"

  • Apparent (adjective)

    readily apparent to the eye;

    "angry for no apparent reason"

    "had no visible means of support"

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