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[ uh-pair-uhnt, uh-par- ]


  1. readily seen; exposed to sight; open to view; visible:

    The crack in the wall was readily apparent.

    Synonyms: discernible

  2. capable of being easily perceived or understood; plain or clear; obvious:

    The solution to the problem was apparent to all.

    Synonyms: unmistakable, manifest, conspicuous, open

    Antonyms: obscure

  3. according to appearances, initial evidence, incomplete results, etc.; ostensible rather than actual:

    He was the apparent winner of the election.

  4. 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.


/ əˈpɛər-; əˈpærənt /


  1. readily seen or understood; evident; obvious
  2. usually prenominal seeming, as opposed to real

    his apparent innocence belied his complicity in the crime

  3. physics as observed but ignoring such factors as the motion of the observer, changes in the environment, etc Compare true

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Derived Forms

  • apˈparentness, noun
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Other Words From

  • ap·par·ent·ly adverb
  • ap·par·ent·ness noun
  • non·ap·par·ent adjective
  • non·ap·par·ent·ly adverb
  • non·ap·par·ent·ness noun
  • self-ap·parent adjective
  • sub·ap·par·ent adjective
  • sub·ap·par·ent·ly adverb
  • sub·ap·par·ent·ness noun
  • un·ap·par·ent adjective
  • un·ap·par·ent·ly adverb
  • un·ap·par·ent·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of apparent1

First recorded in 1350–1400; from Latin appārent-, stem of appārēns “appearing,” present participle of appārēre “to come into view, become visible”; replacing Middle English aparant, from Middle French; appear
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Word History and Origins

Origin of apparent1

C14: from Latin appārēns, from appārēre to appear
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Synonym Study

Apparent, evident, obvious, patent all refer to something easily perceived. Apparent applies to that which can readily be seen or perceived: an apparent effort. Evident applies to that which facts or circumstances make plain: His innocence was evident. Obvious applies to that which is unquestionable, because of being completely manifest or noticeable: an obvious change of method. Patent, a more formal word, applies to that which is open to view or understanding by all: a patent error.
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Example Sentences

Both he and Coach Scott Brooks mentioned this week the apparent signs of fatigue up and down the roster.

The following day, he apologized but showed no apparent remorse and said he had no intention of resigning.

But, halfway into last season, the Titans parted ways with the former RunAway roster after an apparent falling out between the team and the organization.

That it is so readily apparent now is testament to the power of hard work and activism.

It wasn’t until the winter, for example, that South Dakota had the most deaths in its long-term-care facilities, months after the need to protect nursing-home residents was apparent.

Residents of the neighborhoods where cops are needed the most are mixed on the impact of the apparent slowdown.

Neither is unnerved by her apparent anger, nor do they see her as threatening.

Yet according to Hamilton, “it was quickly apparent that other than pecuniary consolation would be acceptable.”

Despite her omnipresence, The Pinkprint makes it apparent how little we actually know about Nicki Minaj.

Nowhere is this new family dynamic more apparent than around the holidays.

He heard himself saying lightly, though with apparent lack of interest: 'How curious, Lettice, how very odd!

The heir apparent and his brothers were cowering in fear, afraid to strike, yet hoping that others would strike for them.

The result of the restoration of trade, banking, and credit to earlier and more normal conditions has been steadily apparent.

The apparent slightness of these English changes reveals their deliberate subtlety.

Increase of hemoglobin, or hyperchromemia, is uncommon, and is probably more apparent than real.


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More About Apparent

What does apparent mean?

Apparent means clear, obvious, or easily observed.

It’s also commonly used in a way that means based on the appearance of things, as opposed to what is definitely true. Something described as apparent in this way has not been confirmed or proven, and the word is often used in this way in journalism, as in The video shows the suspect in an apparent altercation with the store clerk. 

The adverb form of apparent is apparently, which is most often used to refer to things that appear a certain way but may not actually be so.

Example: He hasn’t said so, but he’s made it very apparent that he wants to take a vacation—the other day he put on a video of ocean waves and sat in front of it in a beach chair.

Where does apparent come from?

The first records of apparent come from the second half of the 1300s. It comes from the Latin appārēns, meaning “appearing.”

When we describe something as apparent, we mean it can be obviously seen or observed. This is often literal, as in The leak was apparent from the water damage on the ceiling. Apparent is also often used to refer to things that are simply obvious, whether you can literally see them or not. When you’re presented with more and more evidence of something, it becomes increasingly apparent. When we say that something has happened or someone has done something for no apparent reason, we mean it has happened or been done for no reason that’s obvious or that we can observe—often this implies it has been done for no reason at all.

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What are some other forms related to apparent?

  • apparently (adverb)
  • apparentness (noun)
  • nonapparent (adjective)
  • nonapparently (adverb)

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How is apparent used in real life?

Apparent is a very common word that can be used in all kinds of contexts dealing with things that are obvious or that have been observed.



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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym of apparent?

A. evident
B. unclear
C. obvious
D. observable




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