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to all appearances

According to the way things appear or how one sees things; as is apparent to observation. To all appearances, Daren seemed a very happy, outgoing fellow, so his nervous breakdown took many people by surprise. The giant corporation was, to all appearances, doing quite well, but just last week it filed for bankruptcy.
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to (or by) all appearances

as far as can be seen.
1991 Eric Lax Woody Allen To all appearances, theirs was a unique case of sibling amity.
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to all apˈpearances

if something/somebody is judged only by what you can see: The house was, to all appearances, empty.
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