[ pat-nt or for 10, 12–15, peyt-; especially British peyt-nt ]
/ ˈpæt nt or for 10, 12–15, ˈpeɪt-; especially British ˈpeɪt nt /
the exclusive right granted by a government to an inventor to manufacture, use, or sell an invention for a certain number of years.
an invention or process protected by this right.
adjective pa·tent [peyt-nt] /ˈpeɪt nt/ (for 10, 12–15)
protected by a patent; patented: a patent cooling device.
pertaining to, concerned with, or dealing with patents, especially on inventions: a patent attorney; patent law.
conferred by a patent, as a right or privilege.
holding a patent, as a person.
readily open to notice or observation; evident; obvious: a patent breach of good manners.
made of patent leather: patent shoes.
lying open; not enclosed or shut in: a patent field.
Chiefly Botany. expanded or spreading.
open, as a doorway or a passage.
Phonetics. open, in various degrees, to the passage of the breath stream.
verb (used with object)
to take out a patent on; obtain the exclusive rights to (an invention, process, etc.) by a patent.
to originate and establish as one's own.
Metallurgy. to heat and quench (wire) so as to prepare for cold-drawing.
to grant (public land) by a patent.
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Origin of patent
1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English < Latin patent- (stem of patēns) open, orig. present participle of patēre to stand wide open; (noun) Middle English, short for letters patent, translation of Medieval Latin litterae patentēs open letters
synonym study for patent
10. See apparent.
OTHER WORDS FROM patent
pat·ent·a·ble, adjectivepat·ent·a·bil·i·ty, nounpat·ent·a·bly, adverbpa·tent·ly, adverb
non·pat·ent·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pat·ent·a·ble, adjectivenon·pat·ent·ed, adjectivenon·pat·ent·ly, adverbpre·pat·ent, noun, verb (used with object)un·pat·ent, adjectiveun·pat·ent·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·pat·ent·a·ble, adjectiveun·pat·ent·ed, adjective
Words nearby patent
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Example sentences from the Web for patentability
I recited the last sentence, "Patentability shall not be negatived by the manner in which the invention is made."The Professional Approach|Charles Leonard Harness
Consequently, the question of patentability in every case may be reexamined in the courts.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for patentability
/ (ˈpætənt, ˈpeɪtənt) /
- a government grant to an inventor assuring him the sole right to make, use, and sell his invention for a limited period
- a document conveying such a grant
an invention, privilege, etc, protected by a patent
- an official document granting a right
- any right granted by such a document
(in the US)
- a grant by the government of title to public lands
- the instrument by which such title is granted
- the land so granted
a sign that one possesses a certain quality
open or available for inspection (esp in the phrases letters patent, patent writ)
(ˈpeɪtənt) obvioustheir scorn was patent to everyone
concerning protection, appointment, etc, of or by a patent or patents
(esp of a bodily passage or duct) being open or unobstructed
biology spreading out widelypatent branches
(of plate glass) ground and polished on both sides
to obtain a patent for
(in the US) to grant (public land or mineral rights) by a patent
metallurgy to heat (a metal) above a transformation temperature and cool it at a rate that allows cold working
Derived forms of patentpatentable, adjectivepatentability, noun
Word Origin for patent
C14: via Old French from Latin patēre to lie open; n use, short for letters patent, from Medieval Latin litterae patentes letters lying open (to public inspection)
usage for patent
The pronunciation (ˈpætənt) is heard in letters patent and Patent Office and is the usual US pronunciation for all senses. In Britain (ˈpætənt) is sometimes heard for senses 1, 2 and 3, but (ˈpeɪtənt) is commoner and is regularly used in collocations like patent leather
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Medical definitions for patentability
[ păt′nt ]
A grant made by a government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time.
An invention protected by such a grant.
Of, relating to, or being a nonprescription drug or other medical preparation that is often protected by a trademark.
Not blocked; open.
Spreading open; expanded.
To obtain a patent on or for something, such as an invention.
To invent, originate, or be the proprietor of an idea.
To grant a patent to someone or for something.
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