From F. term|apparent||langfr, in turn from L. term|apparens||langla/term|apparentis|-entis|langla, present participle of term|appareo||langla.
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- Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye; within sight or view.
#* 1667, w:John Milton|John Milton, w:Paradise Lost|Paradise Lost, s:Paradise Lost/Book IV|Book IV,
#*: [â€¦] Hesperus, that led / The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon, / Rising in clouded majesty, at length / Apparent queen unveiled her peerless light, / And oâ€™er the dark her silver mantle threw.
- Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable.
#* circa|1595â€“6 w:William Shakespeare|Shakespeare, w:King John|The Life and Death of King John, ''s:The Life and Death of King John#SCENE 2.The same. A Room of State in the Palace.|Act IV, Scene 2,
#*: <span style="font-variant:small-caps">Salisbury</span>: It is apparent foul-play; and â€™tis shame / That greatness should so grossly offer it: / So thrive it in your game! and so, farewell.
- Appearing to the eye or mind (distinguished from, but not necessarily opposed to, true or real); seeming.
#* 1785, w:Thomas Reid|Thomas Reid, Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man, Essay II (â€śOf the Powers we have by means of our External Sensesâ€ť), Chapter XIX (â€śOf Matter and of Spaceâ€ť),
#*: What w:George Berkeley|Berkeley calls visible magnitude was by astronomers called apparent magnitude.
#* 1848, w:Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay|Thomas Babington Macaulay, w:The History of England from the Accession of James the Second|The History of England from the Accession of James the Second,
#*: To live on terms of civility, and even of apparent friendship.
<p>The word term||apparent has two common uses that are almost in opposition. One means roughly â€śclear; clearly trueâ€ť, and serves to make a statement more decisive:</p> <dl><dd>It was apparent that no one knew the answer. (No one knew the answer, and it showed.)</dd></dl> <p>The other is roughly â€śseeming; to all appearancesâ€ť, and serves to make a statement less decisive:</p> <dl><dd>The apparent source of the hubbub was a stray kitten. (There was a stray kitten, and it seemed to be the source of the hubbub.)</dd></dl> <p>The same ambivalence occurs with the derived adverb term|apparently, which usually means â€śseeminglyâ€ť but can also mean â€śclearlyâ€ť, especially when it is modified by another adverb, such as term|quite.</p>
visible; distinct; plain; obvious; clear; certain; evident; manifest; indubitable; notorious.
Finnish: t|fi|nÃ¤kyvÃ¤, t|fi|silminnÃ¤htÃ¤vÃ¤
Finnish: t|fi|ilmeinen, t|fi|selvÃ¤
ttbc|German: offenbar, offensichtlich
ttbc|Swedish: synbar (1, 3), uppenbar (2)
heir apparent <!-- law One whose claim to an estate is indefeasible if he survives the ancestor; â€” in distinction from presumptive heir. -->