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Lyricalamity
Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2021 2:10:31 PM

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what's the difference between obvious, apparent, clear and evident?
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2021 5:49:06 PM

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Lyricalamity wrote:
what's the difference between obvious, apparent, clear and evident?


There really isn't much difference at all. It's simply a matter of choice which word to use in most cases. They're very synonymous. They probably have different etymologies, but as we use them in daily language, they're quite the same.
thar
Posted: Friday, February 5, 2021 4:36:58 AM

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I would disagree in that I think the difference in scale is important.

apparent, evident = you can see it, it is not invisible

clear = you can see it clearly, there can be no real argument against it

obvious = it is a great big elephant in front of you and nobody can ignore it any more.
FounDit
Posted: Friday, February 5, 2021 11:35:30 AM

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thar wrote:
I would disagree in that I think the difference in scale is important.

apparent, evident = you can see it, it is not invisible

clear = you can see it clearly, there can be no real argument against it

obvious = it is a great big elephant in front of you and nobody can ignore it any more.


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