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apparent

[uh-par-uh nt, uh-pair-] /əˈpær ənt, əˈpɛər-/
adjective
1.
readily seen; exposed to sight; open to view; visible:
The crack in the wall was readily apparent.
2.
capable of being easily perceived or understood; plain or clear; obvious:
The solution to the problem was apparent to all.
3.
according to appearances, initial evidence, incomplete results, etc.; ostensible rather than actual:
He was the apparent winner of the election.
4.
entitled to a right of inheritance by birth, indefeasible except by one's death before that of the ancestor, to an inherited throne, title, or other estate.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Latin appārent- (stem of appārēns appearing; see appear, -ent); replacing Middle English aparant < Middle French
Related forms
apparently, adverb
apparentness, noun
nonapparent, adjective
nonapparently, adverb
nonapparentness, noun
self-apparent, adjective
subapparent, adjective
subapparently, adverb
subapparentness, noun
unapparent, adjective
unapparently, adverb
unapparentness, noun
Synonyms
1. discernible. 2. open, conspicuous, manifest, unmistakable. Apparent, evident, obvious, patent all refer to something easily perceived. Apparent applies to that which can readily be seen or perceived: an apparent effort. Evident applies to that which facts or circumstances make plain: His innocence was evident. Obvious applies to that which is unquestionable, because of being completely manifest or noticeable: an obvious change of method. Patent, a more formal word, applies to that which is open to view or understanding by all: a patent error.
Antonyms
2. concealed, obscure.
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Examples for apparently
  • Before the doctor is willing to add the phrase "apparently healthy," he scrutinizes the patient's skin.
  • Here I highlighted the bit that you apparently missed.
  • This was apparently the usage as early as the 16th century.
  • He apparently sued over debts as small as two shillings.
  • The scholar apparently had many professional contacts but few close friends.
  • Everyone agrees that classroom size is important, but no one apparently wants to undertake any measures to remedy the situation.
  • He had an attractive, talented wife who apparently adored him.
  • They apparently came to this agreement together so she must know something.
  • The general apparently suggested that authorisation for this came from above.
  • Species very closely allied to other species apparently have restricted ranges.
British Dictionary definitions for apparently

apparently

/əˈpærəntlɪ; əˈpɛər-/
adverb
1.
(sentence modifier) it appears that; as far as one knows; seemingly

apparent

/əˈpærənt; əˈpɛər-/
adjective
1.
readily seen or understood; evident; obvious
2.
(usually prenominal) seeming, as opposed to real his apparent innocence belied his complicity in the crime
3.
(physics) as observed but ignoring such factors as the motion of the observer, changes in the environment, etc Compare true (sense 9)
Derived Forms
apparentness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin appārēns, from appārēre to appear
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Word Origin and History for apparently
apparent
late 14c., from O.Fr. aparant, from L. apparentem (nom. apparens), prp. of apparere (see appear). First attested in phrase heir apparent (see heir). Apparently in the sense of "as far as one can judge, seemingly," first attested 1846. Apparent magnitude in astronomy (how bright a heavenly body looks from earth, as opposed to absolute magnitude, which is how bright it really is) is attested from 1875.
apparently
c.1400, "visibly, openly," from apparent. Meaning "evidently" is from 1550s; that of "to all appearances" (but not necessarily "really") is from 1560s; meaning "so far as can be judged" is from 1846. A gradual retreat from certainty.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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