apparent

adjective
ap·​par·​ent | \ə-ˈper-ənt, -ˈpa-rənt\

Definition of apparent 

1 : open to view : visible The changes were readily apparent.

2 : clear or manifest to the understanding for reasons that are apparent

3 : appearing as actual to the eye or mind was in apparent danger

4 : manifest to the senses or mind as real or true on the basis of evidence that may or may not be factually valid died of an apparent heart attack The air of spontaneity is perhaps more apparent than real.— J. R. Sutherland

5 law : having an indefeasible right to succeed to a title or estate

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Other Words from apparent

apparentness \-​nəs \ noun

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apparent, illusory, seeming, ostensible mean not actually being what appearance indicates. apparent suggests appearance to unaided senses that may or may not be borne out by more rigorous examination or greater knowledge. the apparent cause of the accident illusory implies a false impression based on deceptive resemblance or faulty observation, or influenced by emotions that prevent a clear view. an illusory sense of security seeming implies a character in the thing observed that gives it the appearance, sometimes through intent, of something else. the seeming simplicity of the story ostensible suggests a discrepancy between an openly declared or naturally implied aim or reason and the true one. the ostensible reason for their visit

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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?
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That became apparent when fashion brand LPA launched a collection of sweatshirts on online retailer Revolve, which were meant to call out cyberbullying. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Online Retailer Revolve Removes Sweatshirts From Its Website After Accusations of Fat-Shaming," 12 Sep. 2018 When looking at those, the contrasts become more apparent. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Andy Levin looks to take dad Sander Levin's seat in Congress," 13 July 2018 Francis tweeted a photo of the apparent spill with the inspection notice from TSA. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis calls out TSA for spilling his mother's ashes," 9 July 2018 Distinct paths are apparent when viewing the May 23 and June 8 photos one after the other. Doris Elin Salazar, Space.com, "See Lava Flows from Hawaii's Kilauea Change Paths in New Satellite Photos," 12 June 2018 While home prices have yet to be affected, the apparent weakening of demand suggests that the housing market may finally be cooling down. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Is the housing market starting to cool off?," 2 Aug. 2018 The one method that did work for me consists in standing in front of a white background and determining which colors appear the most apparent in the skin, using the stark contrast with the white to make that observation. Dafra Sanou, Allure, "How to Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade Match When You Have Dark Skin," 18 July 2018 But the instrument for the apparent grievance-settling was still a gun, and five innocent people are dead. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "In Annapolis, a perfect breeze to heal and unify," 30 June 2018 Milk’s achievements as an organizer and a campaigner are all the more apparent for being presented along with his flaws. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of apparent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apparent

Middle English apparaunt, apparent, apperaunt, borrowed from Anglo-French apparaunt, from present participle of aparer, apareir "to be visible, appear"

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apparent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of apparent

: easy to see or understand

: seeming to be true but possibly not true

apparent

adjective
ap·​par·​ent | \ə-ˈper-ənt \

Kids Definition of apparent

1 : clear to the understanding : evident It was apparent that we could not win.

2 : open to view : visible On a clear night many stars are apparent.

3 : appearing to be real or true The apparent theft of my lunch made me angry.

Other Words from apparent

apparently adverb

apparent

adjective
ap·​par·​ent | \ə-ˈpar-ənt, -ˈper- \

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

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apparent

adjective
ap·​par·​ent

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 especially 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

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apparently adverb

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