Meaning of APPARENT in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ə-ˈper-ənt, -ˈpa-rənt ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French apparant, from Latin apparent-, apparens, present participle of apparēre to appear

Date: 14th century

1. : open to view : visible

2. : clear or manifest to the understanding

reasons that are readily apparent

3. : appearing as actual to the eye or mind

4. : having an indefeasible right to succeed to a title or estate

5. : manifest to the senses or mind as real or true on the basis of evidence that may or may not be factually valid

the air of spontaneity is perhaps more apparent than real — J. R. Sutherland

• ap·par·ent·ness -nəs noun


apparent , illusory , seeming , ostensible mean not actually being what appearance indicates. apparent suggests appearance to unaided senses that may or may not be borne out by more rigorous examination or greater knowledge

the apparent cause of the accident

illusory implies a false impression based on deceptive resemblance or faulty observation, or influenced by emotions that prevent a clear view

an illusory sense of security

seeming implies a character in the thing observed that gives it the appearance, sometimes through intent, of something else

the seeming simplicity of the story

ostensible suggests a discrepancy between an openly declared or naturally implied aim or reason and the true one

the ostensible reason for their visit

Synonym: see in addition evident .

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.