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


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 formsap·par·ent·ly, adverbap·par·ent·ness, nounnon·ap·par·ent, adjectivenon·ap·par·ent·ly, adverbnon·ap·par·ent·ness, nounself-ap·par·ent, adjectivesub·ap·par·ent, adjectivesub·ap·par·ent·ly, adverbsub·ap·par·ent·ness, nounun·ap·par·ent, adjectiveun·ap·par·ent·ly, adverbun·ap·par·ent·ness, noun

Synonyms for apparent

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.

Antonyms for apparent

2. concealed, obscure. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for apparently

Contemporary Examples of apparently

Historical Examples of apparently

  • Paralus breathes and moves, but is apparently unconscious of existence in this world.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • There sat his nephew in the old place, apparently not having stirred.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Much of it, apparently, he will convert into that champagne he now drinks.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • They were on the bank of a stream of some width, and apparently a deep and rapid one.

  • How were they to effect these apparently incompatible objects?

British Dictionary definitions for apparently



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



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 Formsapparentness, noun

Word Origin for apparent

C14: from Latin appārēns, from appārēre to appear
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Word Origin and History for apparently

late 14c., "visibly, openly," from apparent + -ly (2). Meaning "evidently" is from 1550s; that of "to all appearances" (but not necessarily "really") is from 1560s; meaning "so far as can be judged, seemingly," is from 1846. A gradual retreat from certainty.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper