- Readily seen; visible.
- Readily understood; clear or obvious.
- Appearing as such but not necessarily so; seeming: an apparent advantage.
[Middle English, from Old French aparant, present participle of aparoir, to appear. See appear.]apparently apÂ·par'entÂ·ly adv.
apparentness apÂ·par'entÂ·ness n.
SYNONYMS apparent, clear, clear-cut, distinct, evident, manifest, obvious, patent, plain. These adjectives mean readily seen, perceived, or understood: angry for no apparent reason; a clear danger; clear-cut evidence of tampering; distinct fingerprints; evident hostility; manifest pleasure; obvious errors; patent advantages; making my meaning plain.
USAGE NOTE Used before a noun, apparent means â€œseemingâ€: For all his apparent wealth, Pat had no money to pay the rent. Used after a form of the verb be, however, apparent can mean either â€œseemingâ€ (as in His virtues are only apparent) or â€œobviousâ€ (as in The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields). One should take care that the intended meaning is clear from the context.