apparent

apparent
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French apparant, from Latin apparent-, apparens, present participle of apparēre to appear Date: 14th century 1. open to view ; visible 2. clear or manifest to the understanding <
reasons that are readily apparent
>
3. appearing as actual to the eye or mind 4. having an indefeasible right to succeed to a title or estate 5. manifest to the senses or mind as real or true on the basis of evidence that may or may not be factually valid <
the air of spontaneity is perhaps more apparent than real — J. R. Sutherland
>
apparentness noun Synonyms: 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
>
. Synonym: see in addition evident.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”