adjective pa·tent [peyt-nt] /ˈpeɪt nt/ (for 10, 12-15)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of patent
SYNONYMS FOR patent
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OTHER WORDS FROM patent
Example sentences from the Web for patent
It was estimated that this iron-clad vessel contained at least forty patentable contrivances.
I'll show them yet that my application of the gyroscope is patentable.The Silent Bullet|Arthur B. Reeve
An idea, principle or law of nature is not patentable, but only the means for utilizing the idea or principle.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
Except that the disk is a patentable thing, and on that he has a patent.
And do you know there has not been a patentable improvement made upon that devil for six thousand years.The Ghosts|Robert G. Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for patent
- 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 official document granting a right
- any right granted by such a document
- a grant by the government of title to public lands
- the instrument by which such title is granted
- the land so granted