apparent


apparent
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, dark, enigmatic, vague, ambiguous, cryptic
2 Apparent, illusory, seeming, ostensible mean not really or actually being what it appears to be.
Something is apparent that, however evident it may be from the point of view of the unaided senses, is not borne out by scientific investigation or by a knowledge of all the facts or circumstances
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the apparent size of the sun

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the apparent loss of weight of a body immersed in water— Darrow

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I am anxious to leaven our apparent, for it is really more apparent than real, our apparent worldliness— Mackenzie

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Something is illusory that is the result of a false impression and acquires a character or appearance other than that found in the real thing or that seems to exist when it is actually nonexistent. The deception may be the result of one’s sense limitations (as in an optical illusion), of a misleading appearance assumed by certain natural phenomena (as a mirage or will o’ the wisp), of one’s own state of mind which colors or alters the objective reality, or of the strong stimulation of the imagination (as by a work of art) that causes one to accept as real something purely imaginary
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lengthwise stripes give an illusory height to the figure

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illusory pools of water on a highway

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a lover often attributes an illusory beauty to his beloved

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the beautiful is in a certain sense illusory, or rather contains an element of illusion— Alexander

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Something is seeming that is so like the reality in appearance that it may be mistaken for it. Seeming usually implies a character in the thing observed rather than, as with the two preceding words, a defect of observation. Often it suggests an intent to deceive or delude
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Miss Wilmot’s reception [of him] was mixed with seeming neglect, and yet I could perceive she acted a studied part— Goldsmith

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the whole of Burns’s song has an air of straight dealing . . . but these seeming simplicities are craftily charged . . . with secondary purposes, ulterior intimations— Montague

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Something (as an aim or motive) is ostensible that is explicitly declared, professed, or avowed or that has the outward marks of the character ascribed to it yet has in fact another hidden aim, motive, or character; thus, to say that the ostensible purpose of a naval review is the celebration of a national holiday may imply the presence of another, deeper, and more significant purpose not revealed (as mobilization for war)
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natives from independent and feudatory courts whose ostensible business was the repair of broken necklaces . . . but whose real end seemed to be to raise money for angry Maharanees or young Rajahs— Kipling

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Analogous words: *false, wrong: deceptive, delusory, delusive, *misleading: specious, credible, *plausible
Antonyms: real
Contrasted words: actual, true (see REAL): intrinsic, *inherent, essential

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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 — 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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