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The aim of this paper is to evaluate the manifestation argument to semantic realism, the debate on which is one of the controversial issues between semantic realism and anti-realism. The argument shows the failure of semantic realist truth-conditional theory of meaning. The main reason is because the theory is not consistent with the ‘meaning as use’ thesis. However, there is a way to defend semantic realism, that is, by demonstrating that the semantic anti-realist notion of manifestation is untenable with regards to the phenomenology of understanding. The paper concludes that if the semantic realist notion of manifestation is plausible, then there is no need to reject the truth-conditional theory of meaning.