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
apparentnessplay \-nəs\ noun
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?
Recent Examples of apparent from the Web
That’s hypothetical, of course — but what isn’t hypothetical is that, in our times, there is no apparent benefit to dwelling on the IQ gap.
Those edges were apparent during spring training, when Frazier’s bushy red hair flouted the Yankees’ longstanding policy prohibiting long hair.
Additionally there is an apparent campaign of misinformation claiming the Kotel is being closed to Diaspora Jews and that the status of conversions is being changed.
That was never more apparent than Thursday night, when U of L was eliminated from the College World Series in a 4-3 loss to TCU riddled with controversial calls.
At that point, the outlines of the Russian assault on the U.S. election were increasingly apparent.
The reality star was quick to explain that her products would have a far greater focus on skin, which is apparent in her first launch: a creamy contour kit.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the cosmetic surgery arm of the industry, easily its largest subset.
What’s not immediately apparent, though, is the meaning behind the numbers 163 and 207, both of which are stitched on the inside of the sock liners.
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Origin and Etymology of apparent
Middle English, from Anglo-French apparant, from Latin apparent-, apparens, present participle of apparēre to appear
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of apparent
synonyms see in addition evident
APPARENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apparent for English Language Learners
: easy to see or understand
: seeming to be true but possibly not true
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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 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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