When I say "Apparently, xyz", does that imply one of the following, and if so, which one?
- From observation, I believe xyz to be true, but I leave open the possibility that I might be wrong.
- I believe xyz is not true, but I am aware that it may seem so, and want to point that out.
Merriam-Webster gives "open to view", "clear or manifest to the understanding" and "appearing as actual to the eye or mind", which to me seems to lean towards the first interpretation, but when discussing synonyms it also states
apparent, illusory, seeming, ostensible mean not actually being what appearance indicates.
which sounds more like the second.
Can I use apparently for both situations, or is there a better word for one of them?