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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: sembler 'to be like, seem'

semblance

noun
     
sem‧blance

a/some semblance of something

a situation, condition etc that is close to or similar to a particular one, usually a good one:
She was trying to get her thoughts back into some semblance of order.
After the war, life returned to a semblance of normality.

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