apparent

adjective
ap·​par·​ent | \ ə-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce apparent (audio) , -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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apparentness \ ə-​ˈper-​ənt-​nəs How to pronounce apparentness (audio) , -​ˈpa-​rənt \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Investigators suspect Davis in her killing; he was found dead by apparent suicide in Easterwood Park near Carver Vocational-Technical School last week, according to police. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "‘Her heart was too big’: Charla Melvin, Windsor Mill woman found dead in Baltimore, put family first, relatives say," 16 Sep. 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the United States on Wednesday to ‘‘abandon war mongers and warmongering policies,’’ in an apparent reference to Bolton, who pushed for more aggressive action against Iran. BostonGlobe.com, "ISTANBUL — John Bolton’s abrupt departure as White House national security adviser will not pave the way for direct talks between the United States and Iran, officials in Tehran said, even as some welcomed the removal of one of the Trump administration’s chief hawks on Iran.," 12 Sep. 2019 Pastor Jarrid Wilson, author, mental health advocate and California church leader, died by apparent suicide. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "Time hasn't 'lessened our loss'," 11 Sep. 2019 The following year, Brother Lucas was found dead at St. Francis Church, an apparent suicide. Michael Rezendes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Franciscan leader paid off Mississippi men in friar's sex abuse," 27 Aug. 2019 In the letter, Berkowitz claimed be the son of a man named Sam, an apparent reference to Sam Carr, his next-door neighbor. Cady Lang, Time, "The True Stories Behind the Serial Killers of Mindhunter Season 2," 22 Aug. 2019 Epstein, now dead of an apparent suicide before his accusers had their day in court, worked the system and benefited from advantages and breaks unimaginable to anyone who didn’t jet around with influential friends. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Mistakes Were Made — Always in Jeffrey Epstein’s Favor," 13 Aug. 2019 Cathay Pacific issued a memo to staff warning them not to post non-work content at work and to avoid unauthorized public announcements, an apparent reference to a Cathay pilot who on July 26 told passengers about the extradition bill protests. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Cathay Pacific is stuck between a rock and a hard place—Hong Kong and mainland China," 10 Aug. 2019 Perez’s apparent suicide marks the seventh custodial death for the year at the Bexar County Jail and the second in the past nine days. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Man accused of killing wife dies in apparent suicide in jail," 6 Aug. 2019

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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
How to pronounce apparent (audio)

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 How to pronounce apparent (audio) \

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- How to pronounce apparent (audio) \

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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