Etymology
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apparently (adv.)

late 14c., "visibly, openly," from apparent + -ly (2). Meaning "evidently" is from 1550s; that of "to all appearances" (but not necessarily "really") is from 1560s; meaning "so far as can be judged" is from 1846.

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Definitions of apparently

apparently (adv.)
from appearances alone; "had been ostensibly frank as to his purpose while really concealing it"-Thomas Hardy;
irrigation often produces bumper crops from apparently desert land
Synonyms: seemingly / ostensibly / on the face of it
apparently (adv.)
unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly');
I thought he owned the property, but apparently not
she has apparently been living here for some time
Synonyms: obviously / evidently / manifestly / patently / plainly / plain
From wordnet.princeton.edu