[pat-nt or for 10, 12–15, peyt-; especially British peyt-nt]
the exclusive right granted by a government to an inventor to manufacture, use, or sell an invention for a certain number of years.
an invention or process protected by this right.
an official document conferring such a right; letters patent.
the instrument by which the government of the United States conveys the legal fee-simple title to public land.
adjective none, patent (for 10, 12–15)
protected by a patent; patented: a patent cooling device.
pertaining to, concerned with, or dealing with patents, especially on inventions: a patent attorney; patent law.
conferred by a patent, as a right or privilege.
holding a patent, as a person.
readily open to notice or observation; evident; obvious: a patent breach of good manners.
made of patent leather: patent shoes.
lying open; not enclosed or shut in: a patent field.
Chiefly Botany. expanded or spreading.
open, as a doorway or a passage.
Phonetics. open, in various degrees, to the passage of the breath stream.
verb (used with object)
to take out a patent on; obtain the exclusive rights to (an invention, process, etc.) by a patent.
to originate and establish as one's own.
Metallurgy. to heat and quench (wire) so as to prepare for cold-drawing.
to grant (public land) by a patent.

1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English < Latin patent- (stem of patēns) open, orig. present participle of patēre to stand wide open; (noun) Middle English, short for letters patent, translation of Medieval Latin litterae patentēs open letters

patentable, adjective
patentability, noun
patentably, adverb
patently, adverb
nonpatentability, noun
nonpatentable, adjective
nonpatented, adjective
nonpatently, adverb
prepatent, noun, verb (used with object)
unpatent, adjective
unpatentability, noun
unpatentable, adjective
unpatented, adjective

10. clear, palpable, conspicuous, unconcealed. See apparent.

10. dim, obscure, hidden. Unabridged
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patent (ˈpætənt, ˈpeɪtənt)
1.  a.  a government grant to an inventor assuring him the sole right to make, use, and sell his invention for a limited period
 b.  a document conveying such a grant
2.  an invention, privilege, etc, protected by a patent
3.  a.  an official document granting a right
 b.  any right granted by such a document
4.  in the US
 a.  a grant by the government of title to public lands
 b.  the instrument by which such title is granted
 c.  the land so granted
5.  a sign that one possesses a certain quality
6.  open or available for inspection (esp in the phrases letters patent, patent writ)
7.  obvious: their scorn was patent to everyone
8.  concerning protection, appointment, etc, of or by a patent or patents
9.  proprietary
10.  (esp of a bodily passage or duct) being open or unobstructed
11.  biology spreading out widely: patent branches
12.  (of plate glass) ground and polished on both sides
13.  to obtain a patent for
14.  (in the US) to grant (public land or mineral rights) by a patent
15.  metallurgy to heat (a metal) above a transformation temperature and cool it at a rate that allows cold working
[C14: via Old French from Latin patēre to lie open; n use, short for letters patent, from Medieval Latin litterae patentes letters lying open (to public inspection)]

patently (ˈpeɪtəntlɪ)
obviously: he was patently bored

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Word Origin & History

1376, "open letter or document from some authority," shortened form of Anglo-Fr. lettre patent (also in M.L. (litteræ) patentes), lit. "open letter" (1292), from O.Fr. patente (adj.), from L. patentum (nom. patens) "open, lying open," prp. of patere "lie open, be open," from PIE *pet- "to spread"
(cf. Gk. petannynai "to spread out," petalon "leaf," O.N. faðmr "embrace, bosom," O.E. fæðm "embrace, fathom").
"The Letters Patent were ... written upon open sheets of parchment, with the Great Seal pendent at the bottom ... [while] the 'Litteræ Clausæ,' or Letters Close, ... being of a more private nature, and addressed to one or two individuals only, were closed or folded up and sealed on the outside." [S.R. Scargill-Bird, "A Guide to the Principal Classes of Documents at the Public Record Office," 1891]
The adj. sense of "open to view, plain, clear" is first recorded 1508; the verb "to obtain right to land" is attested from 1675. The meaning "copyright an invention" is first recorded 1822, from earlier meaning "obtain exclusive right or monopoly" (1789), a privilege granted by the Crown via letters patent.
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patent pat·ent (pāt'nt)

  1. A grant made by a government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time.

  2. An invention protected by such a grant.

  1. Of, relating to, or being a nonprescription drug or other medical preparation that is often protected by a trademark.

  2. (pāt'nt) Not blocked; open.

  3. (pāt'nt ) Spreading open; expanded.

v. pat·ent·ed, pat·ent·ing, pat·ents
  1. To obtain a patent on or for something, such as an invention.

  2. To invent, originate, or be the proprietor of an idea.

  3. To grant a patent to somone or for something.

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Example sentences
Moreover, it's not so much patently hot as it is vividly seasoned.
While this resolution is not legally binding, much of the public was outraged
  that the whalers would patently disregard it.
But my problem with the piece stems from another source: its patently
  exploitive exoticism.
In short, it is impossible to become concerned about a character so patently
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