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apparent, evident, obvious

Apparent and obvious are synonyms. Both adjectives denote something that can be clearly seen or known upon immediate contact.

  • From your ecstatic reply, it’s obvious (apparent) that you’re thrilled with the Senators’ win.

Evident is used in situations where evidence or indications point to certain conclusions.

  • From the crumbs on her sweater and the chocolate smudge near her mouth, it was evident that Marie had been visiting the cookie jar.
  • With every note, her inability to carry a tune became increasingly evident (obvious).
  • "On the basis of the clues, Mr. Watson, it’s evident that the butler did it."