In the context of a business report would there be a difference (albeit subtle) between writing of "a seemingly unambitious plan" and "an apparently unambitious plan"?
To me the first seems to suggest that in reality the plan is ambitious, we just can't see it. Is this also the case for the second?
Edit — more explanation:
One of my difficulties is the differences in definitions (seemingly doesn't appear in most dictionaries).
The definitions from Google:
- Give the impression or sensation of being something or having a particular quality: "Dawn seemed annoyed".
- Clearly visible or understood; obvious.
- Seeming real or true, but not necessarily so.
Definition from Merriam-Webster:
seeming: outwardly or superficially evident but not true or real
So the MW definition of seeming seems to closer to the definition of apparent in Google to me.
My query really is whether and to what extent does either word imply that the reality is or may be different to the appearance.