Usage note: clearobvious apparent evident plainThese words all describe something that is easy to see or understand and leaves no doubts or confusion.clear easy to see or understand and leaving no doubts: Her instructions were very clear.obvious easy to see or understand: I don't understand how you missed such an obvious error.apparent [not usually before noun] (somewhat formal) easy to see or understand: It soon became apparent that everything had gone wrong.evident (somewhat formal) easy to see or understand: The orchestra played with evident enjoyment.plain easy to see or understand: He made it very plain that he wanted us to leave.which word?These words all have almost exactly the same meaning. There are slight differences in register and patterns of use. If you make something clear/plain, you do so deliberately because you want people to understand something; if you make something obvious, you usually do it without meaning to:I hope I make myself obvious. Try not to make it so clear/plain. In the expressions clear majority, for obvious reasons, for no apparent reason, and plain to see, none of the other words can be used instead. You can have a clear/an obvious/a plain case of something but not:an evident case of something.patternsclear/obvious/apparent/evident/plain to someone/somethingclear/obvious/apparent/evident/plain that/what/who/how/where/why…to seem/become/make something clear/obvious/apparent/evident/plainperfectly/quite/very clear/obvious/apparent/evident/plainUsage note: evidentevident adjectiveappear, seem|become|remainSeveral trends become evident from the results.clearly, plainly|especially, particularly|increasinglyA regional pattern is clearly evident in the data.evidence nounanecdotal|circumstantial|empirical, experimental|scientific|theoretical|compelling, convincingThere is extensive theoretical and empirical evidence.This experimental evidence is based on clinical observations of patients.based onThese observations are based on the evidence provided by numerous surveys.find, gather|present, provideEvidence was gathered from a number of sources.In this paper, I have provided evidence for two major assumptions of the theory.indicate, suggest|back, support|justify, prove, substantiateEmpirical evidence suggests that being married and being employed are frequently associated with better health.body of ~As the body of scientific evidence grows, the speed of climatic change is proving greater than predicted.
clear; easily seensynonym obviousThe orchestra played with evident enjoyment. evident (to someone) (that…)It has now become evident to us that a mistake has been made. evident in/from somethingThe growing interest in history is clearly evident in the number of people visiting museums and historic houses. see also self-evident