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Apparent - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Apparent' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Apparent [ a.]
- Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye; within sight or view.
- Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable.
- 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.
2 . Apparent [ n.]
- An heir apparent.

Meaning of 'Apparent' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . apparent [ s]
Meaning (1):
- clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
Example in sentence:
  • a palpable lie;
  • evident hostility;
  • in plain view;
  • it is plain that he is no reactionary;
  • made his meaning plain;
  • manifest disapproval;
  • patent advantages;
  • the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields
Meaning (2):
- appearing as such but not necessarily so
Example in sentence:
  • for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent;
  • his seeming honesty;
  • the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies;
  • the ostensible truth of their theories