readily seen; exposed to sight; open to view; visible:
The crack in the wall was readily apparent.
capable of being easily perceived or understood; plain or clear; obvious:
The solution to the problem was apparent to all.
according to appearances, initial evidence, incomplete results, etc.; ostensible rather than actual:
He was the apparent winner of the election.
entitled to a right of inheritance by birth, indefeasible except by one’s death before that of the ancestor, to an inherited throne, title, or other estate.
Contemporary Examples

The apparent answer is that you do not want to go to prison.
Time to Come Home, Edward Snowden, and Stop Hiding Behind a Corrupt Regime Michael Daly March 15, 2014

The government has played this up to their advantage, in an apparent attempt to turn ordinary Syrians against the opposition.
Damascus Rebels Stuck in Stalemate Mike Giglio January 16, 2013

“We steal our own happiness for no apparent reason,” says Danziger.
The New, New Happiness Abigail Pogrebin March 4, 2010

But that move had no apparent effect on U.S. Treasuries, whose yields continued climbing to decades-old highs.
Obama’s Wins and Losses by the Numbers: Stocks, Jobs, Health Care, More Josh Dzieza January 23, 2012

As he spoke he cast his eyes down in an apparent moment of reflection.
In His First Interview, Saif al-Islam Says He Has Not Been Given Access to a Lawyer Fred Abrahams December 29, 2011

Historical Examples

So much falsehood does it cost to obtain two apparent truths of tone.
Modern Painters Volume I (of V) John Ruskin

That the problem is here crying aloud for solution is apparent.
‘Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams

They seemed in no hurry, nor did they make any apparent effort to conceal themselves.
‘Me-Smith’ Caroline Lockhart

The husband went on speaking with no apparent heed of his wife’s indifference.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

This is apparent from their not having a term for it in their own tongue.
The Danes in Lancashire and Yorkshire S. W. Partington

readily seen or understood; evident; obvious
(usually prenominal) seeming, as opposed to real: his apparent innocence belied his complicity in the crime
(physics) as observed but ignoring such factors as the motion of the observer, changes in the environment, etc Compare true (sense 9)

late 14c., from Old French aparant “evident, obvious, visible,” from Latin apparentem (nominative apparens) “visible, manifest,” present participle of apparere (see appear). First attested in phrase heir apparent (see heir). Meaning “superficial” is c.1400. Apparent magnitude in astronomy (how bright a heavenly body looks from earth, as opposed to absolute magnitude, which is how bright it really is) is attested from 1875.

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