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, seemingly," is from 1846. A gradual retreat from certainty.
1. She was taken to hospital, apparently amnesiac and shocked.
2. Rudolph said no more. Apparently he was a man of few words.
3. Apparently there's a very hush-hush project under way up north.
4. Modern tennis rackets are now apparently 20 per cent lighter.
5. Mr Battersby was apparently quite unconscious of their presence.