Apparent Ap*par"ent, a. [F. apparent, L. apparens, -entis, p. pr. of apparere. See {Appear}.] 1. Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye; within sight or view. [1913 Webster]

The moon . . . apparent queen. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable. [1913 Webster]

It is apparent foul play. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Appearing to the eye or mind (distinguished from, but not necessarily opposed to, true or real); seeming; as the apparent motion or diameter of the sun. [1913 Webster]

To live on terms of civility, and even of apparent friendship. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

What Berkeley calls visible magnitude was by astronomers called apparent magnitude. --Reid. [1913 Webster]

{Apparent horizon}, the circle which in a level plain bounds our view, and is formed by the apparent meeting of the earth and heavens, as distinguished from the rational horizon.

{Apparent time}. See {Time}.

{Heir apparent} (Law), one whose to an estate is indefeasible if he survives the ancestor; -- in distinction from presumptive heir. See {Presumptive}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Visible; distinct; plain; obvious; clear; certain; evident; manifest; indubitable; notorious. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • apparent — apparent, ente [ aparɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • aparant 1155; p. prés. de apparoir 1 ♦ Qui apparaît, se montre clairement aux yeux. ⇒ ostensible, visible. Porter un insigne d une manière apparente. Grossesse peu apparente. C est très apparent (cf. Cela se… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • apparent — ap·par·ent adj 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 esp. one s vision or to one s… …   Law dictionary

  • apparent — apparent, ente (a pa ran, ran t ) adj. 1°   Visible, évident, manifeste. Des vices apparents. Bourgeon bien apparent. •   Apparent et croyable attentat, ROTR. Bélis. IV, 1. •   Il est apparent qu ils [M. le duc du Maine et Mme de Maintenon]… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • apparent — APPARENT, ENTE. adj. Qui est visible, évident, manifeste. On dit qu il est riche en argent; mais de bien apparent on ne lui en voit point. Il n a aucun bien apparent sur lequel on puisse asseoir une hypothèque. Son droit est apparent, très… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • apparent — 1 *evident, manifest, patent, distinct, obvious, palpable, plain, clear Analogous words: discernible, noticeable (see corresponding verbs at SEE): *perceptible, ponderable, tangible, appreciable Antonyms: unintelligible Contrasted words: *obscure …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • apparent — Apparent, [appar]ente. adj. v. Qui est visible, évident, manifeste. Cet homme a beaucoup de bien apparent. son droit est apparent. Il signifie aussi, Qui paroist beaucoup, qui est notable, considerable entre les autres. Il s adressa au plus… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Apparent — Ap*par ent, n. An heir apparent. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I ll draw it [the sword] as apparent to the crown. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apparent — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. aparant evident, obvious, visible, from L. apparentem (nom. apparens) visible, manifest, prp. of apparere (see APPEAR (Cf. appear)). First attested in phrase heir apparent (see HEIR (Cf. heir)). Meaning superficial is …   Etymology dictionary

  • apparent — [adj1] seeming, not proven real credible, illusive, illusory, likely, ostensible, outward, plausible, possible, probable, semblant, specious, superficial, supposed, suppositious; concepts 552,582 Ant. doubtful, dubious, equivocal, hidden,… …   New thesaurus

  • apparent — [ə per′ənt, əpar′ənt] adj. [ME aparaunt < OFr aparant < L apparens, prp. of apparere, APPEAR] 1. readily seen; visible 2. readily understood or perceived; evident; obvious 3. appearing (but not necessarily) real or true; seeming: See also… …   English World dictionary

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