It seems that in most use cases, "seemingly" has at least a small negative connotation. Are there any use cases where it doesn't have a negative connotation?
- The man seemingly has a wonderful life.
- I seemingly did well on the test.
- The bratwurst is seemingly done.
In sentence 1, to me, the addition of the word "seemingly" immediately creates doubt about whether the man's life really is wonderful. It seems that there is no reason to add "seemingly" unless you want to cast doubt on the statement made.
In sentence 2, we can have two scenarios: before receiving the grade and after receiving the grade. In the first scenario, the student feels the did a good job but because of the addition of "seemingly" we know that the student can imagine a world where they didn't do as well as expected. In the second scenario, the student received their grade but because of the addition of "seemingly" we can infer that they are not confident in something about it, maybe they felt they did a bad job and the teacher disagrees for some reason.
In sentence 3, the addition of "seemingly" creates doubt that the meat is either fully cooked which could lead to a terrible time in the bathroom or that it's not quite cooked to a preference which hinders the enjoyment of eating it ("could have been better"). Regardless of which turns out the be the case, it still creates doubt about the status of the bratwurst.
So seemingly it seems to be the case that "seemingly" has a negative connotation. ;) To reiterate my question, are there any use cases where it doesn't have a negative connotation? I guess it's only appropriate to limit this question to talking about "in general" because individual people can have opinions far from the norm (I'm still interested in hearing anyone's opinion though!).