\ \ [14] Something that is evident is literally something that can be ‘seen’. The word comes via Old French from Latin ēvidēnsclear, obvious’, a compound formed from the intensive prefix ex- and the present participle of videresee’ (source of English vision). The Latin derivative ēvidentia (from which English gets evidence [13]) meant originally ‘distinction’ and later ‘proof’, basis of the main current sense of evidence, ‘testimony which establishes the facts’.

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  • évident — évident, ente [ evidɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1265; lat. evidens, de videre « voir » ♦ Qui s impose à l esprit par son caractère d évidence. ⇒ apparent, certain, clair, flagrant, incontestable, 1. manifeste, palpable, patent, sûr, visible. « Ce qui est… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • évident — évident, ente (é vi dan, dan t ) adj. Qui est connu tout d abord et sans peine. Vérité évidente. Péril évident. •   Surprise tout à coup d un funeste accident, D un jugement du ciel effet trop évident, ROTROU Bélis. v, 7. •   Philémon reconnut ce …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • evident — EVIDÉNT, Ă, evidenţi, te, adj. (Adesea adverbial) Care este atât de clar încât nu mai trebuie dovedit; vădit, neîndoielnic. – Din fr. évident, lat. evidens, ntis. Trimis de ionel bufu, 14.06.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  EVIDÉNT adj., adv. 1. adj. v.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Evident — Ev i*dent, a. [F. [ e]vinent, l. evidens, entis; e out + videns, p. pr. of videre to see. See {Vision}.] Clear to the vision; especially, clear to the understanding, and satisfactory to the judgment; as, the figure or color of a body is evident… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • evident — I adjective apertus, apparent, appearing, axiomatic, axiomatical, bald, clear, conspicuous, discernible, disclosed, distinct, easily seen, easy to perceive, easy to see, evidens, explicit, exposed, express, glaring, in evidence, in full view, in… …   Law dictionary

  • evident — [ev′ə dənt, ev′ədent΄] adj. [ME < OFr < L evidens (gen. evidentis): see EVIDENCE] easy to see or perceive; clear; obvious; plain SYN. EVIDENT and APPARENT apply to that which can be readily perceived or easily inferred, but EVIDENT implies… …   English World dictionary

  • evident — Evident, [eviden]te. adj. Clair, manifeste, qui se connoist d abord & sans peine. Verité évidente. proposition évidente. preuve évidente. fausseté évidente. il ne se dit rien là qui ne soit évident. il est évident que …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • evident — Adj. (Aufbaustufe) geh.: sehr klar erkennbar, offenkundig Synonyme: augenfällig, offensichtlich, unbestreitbar, unbezweifelbar, unübersehbar, unzweifelhaft, zweifelsfrei Beispiele: Sein Klageantrag war evident aussichtslos. Ihre Schuld war… …   Extremes Deutsch

  • evident — late 14c., from O.Fr. evident and directly from L. evidentem (nom. evidens) perceptible, clear, obvious, apparent from ex fully, out of (see EX (Cf. ex )) + videntem (nom. videns), prp. of videre to see (see VISION (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • Evident — (v. lat.), klar, deutlich. Daher Evidenz, die durch offenes Vorliegen od. vollständigen Beweis allem Zweifel entrückte Wahrheit …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Evidént — (lat.), offenbar, augenscheinlich, der allgemeinen Einsicht zugänglich. Evidenz, Augenscheinlichkeit; der höchste Grad von Gewißheit, den eine Behauptung oder Beweisführung dann erlangt, wenn die!Beziehungen des Gegenstandes völlig klar und… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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