Simple Definition of apparent
: easy to see or understand
: seeming to be true but possibly not true
Full Definition of apparent
1 : open to view : visible
2 : clear or manifest to the understanding <reasons that are readily apparent>
3 : appearing as actual to the eye or mind
4 : having an indefeasible right to succeed to a title or estate
Examples of apparent in a sentence
“Reborn” is overwhelmingly a record of an inner landscape, and so there is little sense of the times—no mention of civil-rights demonstrations, no arguments about Cuba. Sontag barely even let her journal know that she was at work on a novel, although the effects of that undertaking are perhaps apparent in the increasingly aphoristic style of her pages. —Darryl Pinckney, New Yorker, 22 & 29 Dec. 2008
He believes that the key to memory, despite its apparent complexities, will eventually prove to be simple: a single molecule. He may be right. —Michael Greenberg, New York Review of Books, 4 Dec. 2008,
Since last fall, beekeepers in at least 35 states have reported colonies that shrank rapidly for no apparent reason. Adult bees just go missing, leaving behind young bees in need of tending. —Susan Milius, Science News, 28 July 2007
The Internal Revenue Service last week suggested that between 1 million and 2 million Americans have overseas bank accounts that issued them credit or debit cards-the apparent purpose being to evade U.S. taxes. —Robert J. Samuelson, Newsweek, 8 Apr. 2002
From the beginning, it was apparent that she was not an ordinary child.
He started yelling and throwing things for no apparent reason.
We disagreed on the apparent meaning of the movie.
What was the apparent cause of the accident?
Origin of apparent
Middle English, from Anglo-French apparant, from Latin apparent-, apparens, present participle of apparēre to appear
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of apparent
synonyms see in addition evident
APPARENT Defined for Kids
Definition of apparent for Students
Medical Definition of apparent
1: clear or manifest to the senses <no apparent cause for the condition>
2: manifest to the senses or mind as real or true on the basis of evidence that may or may not be valid upon deeper investigation <the apparent stimulating action of a sedative drug may actually result from its depressant effect—D. W. Maurer & V. H. Vogel>
Legal Definition of apparent
1 : capable of being easily seen, perceived, or discovered <apparent defects> <apparent ambiguity>
2 : having a right to succeed to a title or estate that cannot be defeated
3 : appearing to one's senses and esp. one's vision or to one's understanding as real or true on the basis of evidence that may or may not be correct or factual <an apparent ability to cause injury> <the apparent scope of the agent's authority>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up apparent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).