apparent - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    easy to see or understand
    apparent to:

    It should be apparent to anyone that the letter was written by a child.

    apparent from:

    The children’s poor health was apparent from their physical appearance.

    it becomes apparent that:

    It soon became apparent that the two women knew each other.

    for no apparent reason:

    Emma suddenly blushed for no apparent reason.

    all too apparent (=very obvious in a way that is unpleasant or worrying):

    The potential for loss of life was all too apparent.

  2. 2
    an apparent quality, feeling, or situation seems to exist although it may not be real

    His apparent lack of interest in her work always annoyed her.

    Williams won the tournament with apparent ease.

    apparent paradox/contradiction/discrepancy:

    the apparent paradox of people migrating during periods of low unemployment