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adjective pat·ent \1–3 are ˈpa-tənt, chiefly British ˈpā-; 4 ˈpā-; 5 ˈpā-, ˈpa-; 6–7 ˈpa-, ˈpā-, British usually ˈpā-\

Simple Definition of patent

  • : of, relating to, or concerned with patents

  • : obvious or clear

Full Definition of patent

  1. 1 a :  open to public inspection —used chiefly in the phrase letters patent b (1) :  secured by letters patent or by a patent to the exclusive control and possession of a particular individual or party (2) :  protected by a patent :  made under a patent <patent locks> c :  protected by a trademark or a brand name so as to establish proprietary rights analogous to those conveyed by letters patent or a patent :  proprietary <patent drugs>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or concerned with the granting of patents especially for inventions <a patent lawyer>

  3. 3 :  making exclusive or proprietary claims or pretensions

  4. 4 :  affording free passage :  unobstructed <a patent opening>

  5. 5 :  patulous, spreading <a patent calyx>

  6. 6 archaic :  accessible, exposed

  7. 7 :  readily visible or intelligible :  obvious

pat·ent·ly adverb

Examples of patent

  1. The company settled a patent dispute last year.

  2. the licensing of patent rights

  3. They were sued for patent infringement.

  4. His explanation turned out to be a patent lie.

  5. She acted with patent disregard for the rules.

Origin of patent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin patent-, patens, from present participle of patēre to be open — more at fathom

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of patent

evident, manifest, patent, distinct, obvious, apparent, plain, clear mean readily perceived or apprehended. evident implies presence of visible signs that lead one to a definite conclusion <an evident fondness for sweets>. manifest implies an external display so evident that little or no inference is required <manifest hostility>. patent applies to a cause, effect, or significant feature that is clear and unmistakable once attention has been directed to it <patent defects>. distinct implies such sharpness of outline or definition that no unusual effort to see or hear or comprehend is required <a distinct refusal>. obvious implies such ease in discovering that it often suggests conspicuousness or little need for perspicacity in the observer <the obvious solution>. apparent is very close to evident except that it may imply more conscious exercise of inference <for no apparent reason>. plain suggests lack of intricacy, complexity, or elaboration <her feelings about him are plain>. clear implies an absence of anything that confuses the mind or obscures the pattern <a clear explanation>.



noun pat·ent \ˈpa-tənt, British also ˈpā-\

Simple Definition of patent

  • : an official document that gives a person or company the right to be the only one that makes or sells a product for a certain period of time

Full Definition of patent

  1. 1 :  an official document conferring a right or privilege :  letters patent

  2. 2 a :  a writing securing for a term of years the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention b :  the monopoly or right so granted c :  a patented invention

  3. 3 :  privilege, license

  4. 4 :  an instrument making a conveyance of public lands; also :  the land so conveyed

  5. 5 :  patent leather

Examples of patent

  1. The product is protected by patent.

14th Century

First Known Use of patent

14th century



verb pat·ent \same as 2\

Simple Definition of patent

  • : to get a patent for (something)

Full Definition of patent

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to obtain or grant a patent right to

  3. 2 :  to grant a privilege, right, or license to by patent

  4. 3 :  to obtain or secure by patent; especially :  to secure by letters patent exclusive right to make, use, or sell

pat·ent·abil·i·ty play \ˌpa-tən-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē, British also ˌpā-\ noun
pat·ent·able play \ˈpa-tən-tə-bəl, British also ˈpā-\ adjective

Examples of patent

  1. The product was patented by its inventor.


First Known Use of patent


Medical Dictionary


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adjective pa·tent \ˈpat-ənt, British usually ˈpāt-\

Medical Definition of patent

  1. 1:  protected by a trademark or a trade name so as to establish proprietary rights analogous to those conveyed by a patent :  proprietary <patent drugs>

  2. 2\ˈpāt-\:  affording free passage :  being open and unobstructed <the nose patent with no pathological discharge—Journal of the American Medical Association>

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