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Definition clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
  • The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
  • For all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent.
  • The committee investigated some apparent discrepancies.
  • apparent = seeming (appearing to exist, but perhaps not existing)
  • It is only left for us to prove that these apparent 'impossibilities' are, in reality, not such.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • apparent = seeming (appearing to be — though not necessarily so)
  • His only apparent ambition, like Dave's, was to be left alone; though, as Buck was afterward to learn, each of them possessed one other and even more vital ambition.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • apparent = clear or obvious
  • Was it for me to kill the heir-apparent?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • apparent = appearing obvious
  • There is no immediately apparent pattern.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • apparent = clear or obvious
  • I'd thought seeing a therapist was supposed to make you feel better, not worse, but apparently, it was more complicated than that.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • apparently = obviously or clearly
  • "Ever hear of people being resuscitated after they have apparently drowned?"
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • apparently = seemingly (something appears to have happened, but may not have)
  • It became bitterly apparent that this separation was going to go on existing into the foreseeable future.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • apparent = obvious (clear)
  • murder without apparent motive
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • apparent = obvious
  • was apparent that she felt there was some kind of injustice in the air.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • apparent = clear (obvious)
  • Father Kleinsorge's apparently negligible but unhealed cuts
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • apparently = seemingly (appearing to be, but perhaps not really being)
  • I had thought about turning ourselves in lots of times, but apparently the whole idea was a jolt to Dallas.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • apparently = obviously or clearly
  • He returned a few minutes later and announced the file was apparently misplaced.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • apparently = obviously
  • She talked about the way spring made the world burst into life after months of apparent death.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • apparent = seeming (appearing as such)
  • He seemed in no hurry to go, and apparently was quite unconscious of his immediate danger.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • apparently = seemingly (appearing clear or obvious—though not necessarily so)
  • a man was sitting, apparently asleep.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • apparently = seemingly (appearing to be—though not necessarily so)
  • One day, for no apparent reason, Mother broke all ties with Shirley.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • apparent = clear or obvious
  • but the hermit paid no attention to him—did not even hear him, apparently,
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
apparently = seemingly (appearing clear or obvious—though not necessarily so)

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