- 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 apparently
French officials were already on edge after a series of apparently unconnected attacks, including the stabbing of police officers.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
That apparently includes some members of the management of the airport itself and some air traffic controllers.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
Plus there is another problem that the viruses pose—the problem that apparently is the culprit this year—they evolve.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers
January 1, 2015
Jennie kept his parliamentary vestments for her son, apparently instilling in Winston the sense that he would be a leader.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
The phone is apparently the one he took from his girlfriend after shooting her outside Baltimore and heading for New York.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
Paralus breathes and moves, but is apparently unconscious of existence in this world.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
There sat his nephew in the old place, apparently not having stirred.Brave and Bold
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.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
How were they to effect these apparently incompatible objects?
- (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)
Word Origin and History for apparently
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.