apparent

[ uh-par-uhnt, uh-pair- ]
/ əˈpær ənt, əˈpɛər- /

adjective

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

1350–1400; < Latin appārent- (stem of appārēns appearing; see appear, -ent); replacing Middle English aparant < Middle French

Related forms

Synonym study

2. 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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British Dictionary definitions for apparently (1 of 2)

apparently

/ (əˈpærəntlɪ, əˈpɛər-) /

adverb

(sentence modifier) it appears that; as far as one knows; seemingly

British Dictionary definitions for apparently (2 of 2)

apparent

/ (əˈpærənt, əˈpɛər-) /

adjective

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)

Derived Forms

apparentness, noun

Word Origin for apparent

C14: from Latin appārēns, from appārēre to appear
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