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    04 Jun '13 13:17
    Which is correct when using it in front of impossble? Can both be correct in different contexts? If so, what is the proper use of both?
  2. Standard memberforkedknight
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    04 Jun '13 13:241 edit
    Seemingly impossible is common usage, meaning it seems impossible.

    I can't think of a case where "seemly impossible" makes any sense.


    seem·ly

    Adjective
    Conforming to accepted notions of propriety or good taste; decorous.

    Synonyms
    proper - becoming - decorous - suitable - decent
  3. SubscriberKewpie
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    04 Jun '13 13:40
    Seemly - decorously - has almost disappeared from the English language, although you may still see unseemly occasionally. Seemingly - apparently - is the only one of the words that you would use nowadays.
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    04 Jun '13 13:57
    Thank you.

    I suspected as much.
  5. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    04 Jun '13 14:09
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    Seemly - decorously - has almost disappeared from the English language, although you may still see unseemly occasionally. Seemingly - apparently - is the only one of the words that you would use nowadays.
    Seemly, as a synonym for fitting or appropriate, has not disappeared
    from the English language -- except, seemingly, in parts of Australia.
  6. SubscriberKewpie
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    04 Jun '13 23:06
    Originally posted by HandyAndy
    Seemly, as a synonym for fitting or appropriate, has not disappeared
    from the English language -- except, seemingly, in parts of Australia.
    When was the last time you used the word seemly in your everyday conversation?
  7. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    05 Jun '13 01:06
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    When was the last time you used the word seemly in your everyday conversation?
    There's a wide gulf between "everyday conversation" and disappearance. Literature and other
    written material contain thousands of useful words that rarely find their way into ordinary discourse.
    How dreary life would be if we limited our available vocabulary to what we say every day.
  8. Subscribercoquette
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    05 Jun '13 02:10
    seemingly unseemly, that's what i think
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    05 Jun '13 17:04
    Originally posted by coquette
    seemingly unseemly, that's what i think
    Seemless Lee the seamstress.
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