Definition of apparent
- The changes were readily apparent.
- for reasons that are apparent
- was in apparent danger
- died of an apparent heart attack
- The air of spontaneity is perhaps more apparent than real.
- —J. R. Sutherland
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?
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bald, bald-faced, barefaced, broad, clear, clear-cut, crystal clear, decided, distinct, evident, lucid, luminous, manifest, nonambiguous, obvious, open-and-shut, palpable, patent, pellucid, perspicuous, plain, straightforward, transparent, unambiguous, unambivalent, unequivocal, unmistakable;
synonyms see in addition evident
: easy to see or understand
: seeming to be true but possibly not true
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