In English how can I most succinctly convey the state of some item P where it should not only obviously appear to have quality Q, but should also actually have quality Q?

Or (dropping the subjunctive if it's easier): What word means the state of not only obviously appearing to have quality Q, but also, actually having quality Q?

If a door "appears" locked, it might be unlocked. Even if a door "readily appears" locked, it could still be locked. How can I say it not only appears locked but actually is locked, without repeating myself?

For example suppose I'm instructing an employee of my security company on how to properly setup a security system at a customer's house.

How can I most briefly describe the condition that a house will be in after my employee should render it into a state where not only does it have a security system, but also, the fact that it has a security system should now be obvious to anyone from the street?

  • “The door is locked” is absolute, but leaves appearances out of it. But your word “obviously” adds the appearance part: “The door is obviously locked”
    – Jim
    Oct 3 '20 at 2:43
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    The house was secure, and obviously so. There are many ways to write this.
    – Xanne
    Oct 3 '20 at 3:04
  • @Jim Although “obviously locked” can work, “obviously” as an intensifier can miss the visual element of seen to be locked. In the OP’s context, they may need something more explicit - such as Xanne’s approach of moving “obviously” to a separate clause.
    – Lawrence
    Oct 3 '20 at 3:57
  • @Lawrence - I disagree. What else could obviously mean?
    – Jim
    Oct 3 '20 at 4:01
  • @Jim In the OP’s context, I can imagine something like “I locked it myself, so it’s obviously locked”, which is equivalent to “... so of course it’s locked”. This doesn’t convey the OP’s intent that it needs to also appear to be locked.
    – Lawrence
    Oct 3 '20 at 4:04
  • The house was manifestly equipped with a security system.

From Lexico:

manifestly [adverb]

In a way that is clear or obvious to the eye or mind.

  • We have manifestly failed to exercise good judgment.
  • Ah this is perfect! Thanks
    – CommaToast
    Nov 17 '20 at 23:27

How can I say it not only appears locked but actually is locked, without repeating myself?

You concern about repeating yourself is unjustified: "Not only does it look "X", but it is "X" is very common and perfectly acceptable.

"Not only does it look expensive/hot/dangerous, but it is expensive/hot/dangerous.

You can also say: "Not only does it look "X", but it is."

Formally, you can use something like:

"It looks expensive/hot/dangerous and its appearance does not lie." (To lie = to be untruthful)

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