What does apparent mean?

Definitions for apparent
əˈpær ənt, əˈpɛər-ap·par·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakableadjective

    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)adjective

    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. apparentadjective

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

  2. apparentadjective

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

  3. apparentadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Apparentadjective

    Etymology: apparent, Fr. apparens, Lat.

    The main principles of reason are in themselves apparent. For to make nothing evident of itself unto man’s understanding, were to take away all possibility of knowing any thing. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    The perception intellective often corrects the report of phantasy, as in the apparent bigness of the sun, the apparent crookedness of the staff in air and water. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    What secret imaginations we entertained is known to God: this is apparent, that we have not behaved ourselves, as if we preserved a grateful remembrance of his mercies. Francis Atterbury.

    The outward and apparent sanctity of actions should flow from purity of heart. John Rogers.

    As well the fear of harm, as harm apparent,
    In my opinion ought to be prevented. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    He is the next of blood,
    And heir apparent to the English crown. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

  2. Apparentnoun

    Elliptically used for heir apparent.

    Arise a knight;
    And learn this lesson, Draw thy sword in right. ——
    —— I’ll draw it as apparent to the crown,
    And in that quarrel use it. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apparentadjective

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

  2. Apparentadjective

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

  3. Apparentadjective

    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. Apparentnoun

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. apparent

    In appearance, as visible to the eye, or evident to the mind, which in the case of astronomical motions, distances, altitudes, and magnitudes, will be found to differ materially from their real state, and require correcting to find the true place.

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

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  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

Examples of apparent in a Sentence

  1. Cedric Alexander:

    That's becoming more and more apparent, we have already, as many departments have begun to do, look at how to expand our mental health training when we find it certainly necessary to do so. Because it appears that we're seeing more and more of these cases across the country in which police are engaging with those who appear to be in distress.

  2. Gene Ryan:

    We are disappointed in the apparent rush to judgment, given the fact that the investigation into this matter has not been concluded, our officers, like every other American, are entitled to due process.

  3. Les Brown:

    The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience.

  4. Jonathan Blake:

    There was this absolute fear about what was befalling seemingly healthy gay men, who would suddenly take ill for no apparent reason and die in appalling circumstances, your head is messed up, you have this killer virus coursing through your veins, you feel like a pariah... HIV was considered a gay plague that we (gay men) had brought upon ourselves - it was horrid.

  5. Roderick Jones:

    It is very apparent from my teams monitoring of online threats that Antifa-type groups intend to engage in violence in the aftermath of the election, especially if Trump wins. Rallies celebrating Trumps victory would be the most obvious target for violent disruption, but the threat comes from multiple angles. There are many extremists who hate Antifa and the left and dont necessarily want to initiate violence but are eager to jump into a fight once it begins.

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  • відаво́чныBelarusian
  • видим, очевиден, привиден, явен, забележимBulgarian
  • aparentCatalan, Valencian
  • viditelný, zdánlivý, očividný, zjevnýCzech
  • offensichtlich, offenbarGerman
  • ŝajnaEsperanto
  • ostensible, claro, manifiesto, visible, aparente, evidenteSpanish
  • ظاهرPersian
  • ilmeinen, näkyvä, silminnähtävä, näennäinen, selväFinnish
  • manifeste, visible, évidente, apparente, criant, criante, apparent, évidentFrench
  • soiléir, follasach, dealramhachIrish
  • nyilvánvaló, látható, látszólagosHungarian
  • nyataIndonesian
  • 明白, 明瞭, 明確, 見える, 瞭然Japanese
  • skaidrs, redzamsLatvian
  • evident, duidelijk, klaar, klaarblijkelijk, ogenschijnlijkDutch
  • oczywisty, widoczny, pozornyPolish
  • څرګند, ښکارهPashto, Pushto
  • evidente, visível, claro, aparente, manifestoPortuguese
  • evident, manifest, clar, văditRomanian
  • очевидный, явный, кажущийся, видимыйRussian
  • viden, očítenSlovene
  • வெளிப்படையானTamil
  • స్పష్టమైనTelugu
  • очеви́дний, я́внийUkrainian
  • 明顯的Chinese

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    not established or confirmed
    • A. aculeate
    • B. unsealed
    • C. equivalent
    • D. defiant

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