adjective pa·tent [peyt-nt] /ˈpeɪt nt/ (for 10, 12–15)
verb (used with object)
- patent ambiguity,
- patent cliff,
- patent ductus arteriosus,
- patent fastener,
- patent flour
Origin of patent
Examples from the Web for patently
Constand claimed that the accusation was patently false, and demanded $150,000 in damages from the tabloid and attorney.How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign|Marlow Stern|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He also says Rahall made millions off that “coal-killing” legislation, which is patently false.The Strangest, Cheesiest, Most Brazenly False Political Ads of 2014|Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But his next statement—“President not informed”—was patently false, as several individuals in the room were well aware.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations|Malcolm Byrne|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Again, Mr. Carney, you are again saying facts that are patently false,” McCain replied.John McCain Roughs Up Jay Carney During His CNN Primetime Debut|Lloyd Grove|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, telling them they could have shut up and put up is patently unfair.
He had not the assurance to suppose she was already in love with him; but patently the possibility was there.Far to Seek|Maud Diver
Those who have denounced him most vehemently are those who patently have not read his books.The Fruits of Victory|Norman Angell
"So you see it's all up," continued he, with a curious air of bravado, patently insincere.The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig|David Graham Phillips
He is sitting on a rock on the top of a hill at sunset, smoking a cigarette and patently enjoying it.The Whirligig of Time|Wayland Wells Williams
During a lull in the patently forced conversation I heard footsteps upon the cobbles outside.The Green Eyes of Bst|Sax Rohmer
- 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
Word Origin for patent
late 14c., "open letter or document from some authority," shortened form of Anglo-French lettre patent (also in Medieval Latin (litteræ) patentes), literally "open letter" (late 13c.), from Old French patente (see patent (adj.).
The Letters Patent were ... written upon open sheets of parchment, with the Great Seal pendent at the bottom ... [while] the 'Litteræ Clausæ,' or Letters Close, ... being of a more private nature, and addressed to one or two individuals only, were closed or folded up and sealed on the outside. [S.R. Scargill-Bird, "A Guide to the Principal Classes of Documents at the Public Record Office," 1891]
Meaning "a license covering an invention" is from 1580s.
"to obtain right to land," 1670s, from patent (n.). The meaning "copyright an invention" is first recorded 1822, from earlier meaning "obtain exclusive right or monopoly" (1789), a privilege granted by the Crown via letters patent. Related: Patented; patenting.
late 14c., in letters patent, literally "open letter," from Old French patente, from Latin patentum (nominative patens) "open, lying open," present participle of patere "lie open, be open," from PIE *pete- "to spread" (see pace (n.)). Sense of "open to view, plain, clear" is first recorded c.1500. Related: Patently.