apparent

[[t]əpæ̱rənt[/t]]
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1) ADJ: ADJ n An apparent situation, quality, or feeling seems to exist, although you cannot be certain that it does exist.

I was a bit depressed by our apparent lack of progress...

There is at last an apparent end to the destructive price war.

2) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, oft it v-link ADJ that If something is apparent to you, it is clear and obvious to you.

It has been apparent that in other areas standards have held up well...

The presence of a star is already apparent in the early film.

Syn:
3) PHRASE If you say that something happens for no apparent reason, you cannot understand why it happens.

The person may become dizzy for no apparent reason.


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  • apparent — apparent, ente [ aparɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • aparant 1155; p. prés. de apparoir 1 ♦ Qui apparaît, se montre clairement aux yeux. ⇒ ostensible, visible. Porter un insigne d une manière apparente. Grossesse peu apparente. C est très apparent (cf. Cela se… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • apparent — ap·par·ent adj 1: capable of being easily seen, perceived, or discovered apparent defects apparent ambiguity 2: having a right to succeed to a title or estate that cannot be defeated 3: appearing to one s senses and esp. one s vision or to one s… …   Law dictionary

  • apparent — apparent, ente (a pa ran, ran t ) adj. 1°   Visible, évident, manifeste. Des vices apparents. Bourgeon bien apparent. •   Apparent et croyable attentat, ROTR. Bélis. IV, 1. •   Il est apparent qu ils [M. le duc du Maine et Mme de Maintenon]… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Apparent — Ap*par ent, a. [F. apparent, L. apparens, entis, p. pr. of apparere. See {Appear}.] 1. Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye; within sight or view. [1913 Webster] The moon . . . apparent queen. Milton. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apparent — APPARENT, ENTE. adj. Qui est visible, évident, manifeste. On dit qu il est riche en argent; mais de bien apparent on ne lui en voit point. Il n a aucun bien apparent sur lequel on puisse asseoir une hypothèque. Son droit est apparent, très… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • apparent — 1 *evident, manifest, patent, distinct, obvious, palpable, plain, clear Analogous words: discernible, noticeable (see corresponding verbs at SEE): *perceptible, ponderable, tangible, appreciable Antonyms: unintelligible Contrasted words: *obscure …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • apparent — Apparent, [appar]ente. adj. v. Qui est visible, évident, manifeste. Cet homme a beaucoup de bien apparent. son droit est apparent. Il signifie aussi, Qui paroist beaucoup, qui est notable, considerable entre les autres. Il s adressa au plus… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Apparent — Ap*par ent, n. An heir apparent. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I ll draw it [the sword] as apparent to the crown. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apparent — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. aparant evident, obvious, visible, from L. apparentem (nom. apparens) visible, manifest, prp. of apparere (see APPEAR (Cf. appear)). First attested in phrase heir apparent (see HEIR (Cf. heir)). Meaning superficial is …   Etymology dictionary

  • apparent — [adj1] seeming, not proven real credible, illusive, illusory, likely, ostensible, outward, plausible, possible, probable, semblant, specious, superficial, supposed, suppositious; concepts 552,582 Ant. doubtful, dubious, equivocal, hidden,… …   New thesaurus

  • apparent — [ə per′ənt, əpar′ənt] adj. [ME aparaunt < OFr aparant < L apparens, prp. of apparere, APPEAR] 1. readily seen; visible 2. readily understood or perceived; evident; obvious 3. appearing (but not necessarily) real or true; seeming: See also… …   English World dictionary

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