What does apparent mean?

Definitions for apparentəˈpær ənt, əˈpɛər-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word apparent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakable(adj)

    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

    "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"

  2. apparent(a), ostensible, seeming(a)(adj)

    appearing as such but not necessarily so

    "for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"; "the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies"; "the ostensible truth of their theories"; "his seeming honesty"


  1. apparent(Adjective)

    Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye; within sight or view.

  2. apparent(Adjective)

    Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable.

  3. apparent(Adjective)

    Appearing to the eye or mind (distinguished from, but not necessarily opposed to, true or real); seeming.

  4. Origin: From apparent, in turn from apparens/apparentis, present participle of appareo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apparent(adj)

    capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye; within sight or view

  2. Apparent(adj)

    clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable

  3. Apparent(adj)

    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

  4. Apparent(noun)

    an heir apparent

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apparent

    ap-pār′ent, adj. that may be seen: evident: palpable: seeming, as opposed to what really is: (Shak.) by ellipsis for heir-apparent.—adv. Appar′ently.—ns. Appar′entness; Heir′-appar′ent, applied to one who will undoubtedly inherit if he survives the present possessor. [Through Fr. from L. apparent-em, apparē-re.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apparent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1889

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apparent' in Adjectives Frequency: #257


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apparent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apparent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Randolph Silliman Bourne:

    About the rhinoceros Here is an animal with a hide two feet think and no apparent interest in politics. What a waste.

  2. Frances Watkins Harper:

    Apparent failure may hold in its rough shell the germs of a success that will blossom in time, and bear fruit throughout eternity.

  3. Douglas Adams:

    Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

  4. Marquis de Sade:

    Certain souls seem hard because they are capable of strong feelings, and they sometimes go to rather extreme lengths their apparent unconcern and cruelty are but ways, known only to themselves, of feeling more strongly than others.

  5. Fabio Bucciarelli:

    It represents one of the longest and most forgotten African wars, its apparent stillness leads to hear about it less and less. Given the tragic consequences and repercussions on the population, I find it essential to bring it to light.

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Translations for apparent

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • відаво́чныBelarusian
  • привиден, очевиден, видим, явен, забележимBulgarian
  • aparentCatalan, Valencian
  • zdánlivý, viditelný, očividný, zjevnýCzech
  • offensichtlich, offenbarGerman
  • ŝajnaEsperanto
  • claro, visible, ostensible, evidente, aparente, manifiestoSpanish
  • ظاهرPersian
  • ilmeinen, silminnähtävä, näkyvä, näennäinen, selväFinnish
  • apparente, apparent, évident, criante, criant, évidente, manifeste, visibleFrench
  • follasach, dealramhach, soiléirIrish
  • látszólagos, nyilvánvaló, láthatóHungarian
  • nyataIndonesian
  • 明白, 瞭然, 見える, 明瞭, 明確Japanese
  • redzams, skaidrsLatvian
  • duidelijk, klaarblijkelijk, klaar, ogenschijnlijk, evidentDutch
  • widoczny, pozorny, oczywistyPolish
  • څرګند, ښکارهPashto, Pushto
  • visível, aparente, claro, evidente, manifestoPortuguese
  • manifest, clar, vădit, evidentRomanian
  • очевидный, видимый, кажущийся, явныйRussian
  • očíten, videnSlovene
  • வெளிப்படையானTamil
  • я́вний, очеви́днийUkrainian
  • 明顯的Chinese

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