Whatever skills it takes to succeed in espionage or racketeering, I patently lack.
Who could miss this, other than either the wilfully blind or the patently disengenuous?
“The idea was patently absurd that the show was a mouthpiece for any point of view,” he said.
An NBC Universal spokeswoman dismisses the idea that Zucker had a hand in the reports as “patently absurd.”
Asserting that such corporations are “practicing” religion is patently absurd.
She had taken her own stand and the world had patently respected it.
Gordon, patently indignant, replied that the General never bit.
But Marion still took some seconds to reply, and then her words were patently edited by reserve.
But the brain behind it was patently jarred and numbed for an instant.
Those who have denounced him most vehemently are those who patently have not read his books.
late 14c., "open letter or document from some authority," shortened form of Anglo-French lettre patent (also in Medieval Latin (litteræ) patentes), literally "open letter" (late 13c.), from Old French patente (see patent (adj.).
The Letters Patent were ... written upon open sheets of parchment, with the Great Seal pendent at the bottom ... [while] the 'Litteræ Clausæ,' or Letters Close, ... being of a more private nature, and addressed to one or two individuals only, were closed or folded up and sealed on the outside. [S.R. Scargill-Bird, "A Guide to the Principal Classes of Documents at the Public Record Office," 1891]Meaning "a license covering an invention" is from 1580s.
"to obtain right to land," 1670s, from patent (n.). The meaning "copyright an invention" is first recorded 1822, from earlier meaning "obtain exclusive right or monopoly" (1789), a privilege granted by the Crown via letters patent. Related: Patented; patenting.
late 14c., in letters patent, literally "open letter," from Old French patente, from Latin patentum (nominative patens) "open, lying open," present participle of patere "lie open, be open," from PIE *pete- "to spread" (see pace (n.)). Sense of "open to view, plain, clear" is first recorded c.1500. Related: Patently.
patent pat·ent (pāt'nt)
A grant made by a government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time.
An invention protected by such a grant.
Of, relating to, or being a nonprescription drug or other medical preparation that is often protected by a trademark.
(pāt'nt) Not blocked; open.
(pāt'nt ) Spreading open; expanded.
To obtain a patent on or for something, such as an invention.
To invent, originate, or be the proprietor of an idea.
To grant a patent to somone or for something.