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.
irrigation often produces bumper crops from apparently desert land
I thought he owned the property, but apparently not
she has apparently been living here for some time