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Definition of Apparent


  1. Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to the eye; within sight or view.
  2. Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident; obvious; known; palpable; indubitable.
  3. 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.
  4. An heir apparent.

Apparent Quotations

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Douglas Adams

Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.
Florence Scovel Shinn

I've led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I've learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide.
Elena Kagan

The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the American Revolution, from which little was expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much was expected, produced little.
Charles Caleb Colton

We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.
Victor Hugo
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Apparent Translations

apparent in Dutch is aanwijsbaar, vertoonbaar
apparent in French is apparent
apparent in German is offenbar, anscheinend, scheinbar
apparent in Italian is evidente, in apparenza
apparent in Latin is promptus
apparent in Norwegian is tydelig
apparent in Portuguese is aparente
apparent in Spanish is demostrable, aparente, manifiesto, visto
apparent in Swedish is tydligt
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