- the exclusive right granted by a government to an inventor to manufacture, use, or sell an invention for a certain number of years.
- an invention or process protected by this right.
- an official document conferring such a right; letters patent.
- the instrument by which the government of the United States conveys the legal fee-simple title to public land.
- patent leather.
- protected by a patent; patented: a patent cooling device.
- pertaining to, concerned with, or dealing with patents, especially on inventions: a patent attorney; patent law.
- conferred by a patent, as a right or privilege.
- holding a patent, as a person.
- readily open to notice or observation; evident; obvious: a patent breach of good manners.
- made of patent leather: patent shoes.
- lying open; not enclosed or shut in: a patent field.
- Chiefly Botany. expanded or spreading.
- open, as a doorway or a passage.
- Phonetics. open, in various degrees, to the passage of the breath stream.
- to take out a patent on; obtain the exclusive rights to (an invention, process, etc.) by a patent.
- to originate and establish as one's own.
- Metallurgy. to heat and quench (wire) so as to prepare for cold-drawing.
- to grant (public land) by a patent.
Origin of patent
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Examples from the Web for patently
Constand claimed that the accusation was patently false, and demanded $150,000 in damages from the tabloid and attorney.How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign
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He also says Rahall made millions off that “coal-killing” legislation, which is patently false.The Strangest, Cheesiest, Most Brazenly False Political Ads of 2014
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But his next statement—“President not informed”—was patently false, as several individuals in the room were well aware.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
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“Again, Mr. Carney, you are again saying facts that are patently false,” McCain replied.John McCain Roughs Up Jay Carney During His CNN Primetime Debut
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However, telling them they could have shut up and put up is patently unfair.Parents Sue for 'Wrongful Birth'
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The Queen, for patently she was that, bowed graciously at us.
Nevertheless, his gratitude was well-expressed and patently sincere.The Genius</p>
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Yet the man had been frank, straightforward, patently honest.The Daffodil Mystery</p>
Patently he was not the speaker, and patently he has heard nothing.From a Cornish Window
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But "the boys" were not inclined to compromise with a man who was patently in the wrong.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
- obviouslyhe was patently bored
- a government grant to an inventor assuring him the sole right to make, use, and sell his invention for a limited period
- a document conveying such a grant
- an invention, privilege, etc, protected by a patent
- an official document granting a right
- any right granted by such a document
- (in the US)
- a grant by the government of title to public lands
- the instrument by which such title is granted
- the land so granted
- a sign that one possesses a certain quality
- open or available for inspection (esp in the phrases letters patent, patent writ)
- (ˈpeɪtənt) obvioustheir scorn was patent to everyone
- concerning protection, appointment, etc, of or by a patent or patents
- (esp of a bodily passage or duct) being open or unobstructed
- biology spreading out widelypatent branches
- (of plate glass) ground and polished on both sides
- to obtain a patent for
- (in the US) to grant (public land or mineral rights) by a patent
- metallurgy to heat (a metal) above a transformation temperature and cool it at a rate that allows cold working
Word Origin and History for patently
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.
- 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.
- Not blocked; open.
- 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 someone or for something.