- readily seen; exposed to sight; open to view; visible: The crack in the wall was readily apparent.
- capable of being easily perceived or understood; plain or clear; obvious: The solution to the problem was apparent to all.
- according to appearances, initial evidence, incomplete results, etc.; ostensible rather than actual: He was the apparent winner of the election.
- entitled to a right of inheritance by birth, indefeasible except by one's death before that of the ancestor, to an inherited throne, title, or other estate.Compare heir apparent, heir presumptive.
Origin of apparent
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Examples from the Web for apparent
Residents of the neighborhoods where cops are needed the most are mixed on the impact of the apparent slowdown.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
Neither is unnerved by her apparent anger, nor do they see her as threatening.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
Despite her omnipresence, The Pinkprint makes it apparent how little we actually know about Nicki Minaj.Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability on ‘The Pinkprint’
December 16, 2014
Another crowd moved west in an apparent bid to block the Holland Tunnel.Eric Garner Protests: ‘It’s Like Vietnam’
Abby Haglage, Caitlin Dickson, Jacob Siegel, Chris Allbritton
December 5, 2014
The apparent leader of this girl gang Lady, says, “You look angry, and I am intrigued.”‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
For several weeks, there was no apparent change in Philothea's health or spirits.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Why he neglected to include the way of a maid with a man is not at once apparent.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
That the problem is here crying aloud for solution is apparent.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
This apparent inconsistency, however, lies only on the surface.
The husband went on speaking with no apparent heed of his wife's indifference.Within the Law
- readily seen or understood; evident; obvious
- (usually prenominal) seeming, as opposed to realhis apparent innocence belied his complicity in the crime
- physics as observed but ignoring such factors as the motion of the observer, changes in the environment, etcCompare true (def. 9)
Word Origin and History for apparent
late 14c., from Old French aparant "evident, obvious, visible," from Latin apparentem (nominative apparens) "visible, manifest," present participle of apparere (see appear). First attested in phrase heir apparent (see heir). Meaning "superficial" is c.1400. Apparent magnitude in astronomy (how bright a heavenly body looks from earth, as opposed to absolute magnitude, which is how bright it really is) is attested from 1875.