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  1. 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,
    • : " Hesperus, that led / The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon, / Rising in clouded majesty, at length / Apparent queen unveiled her peerless light, / And o"er the dark her silver mantle threw.
      1. Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable.
    • (circa, 1595"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 foul-play; and "tis shame / That greatness should so grossly offer it: / So thrive it in your game! and so, farewell.
      1. 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 ("Of the Powers we have by means of our External Senses"), Chapter XIX ("Of Matter and of Space"),
    • : What w:George Berkeley, Berkeley calls visible magnitude was by astronomers called 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 friendship.
    Etymology: From (term, apparent, , lang=fr), in turn from (term, apparens, , lang=la)/(term, apparentis, -entis, lang=la), present participle of (term, appareo, , lang=la).

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