Definition for AP-PA'RENT

AP-PA'RENT, a. [See Appear.]

  1. That may be seen, or easily seen; visible to the eye; within sight or view. – Atterbury.
  2. Obvious; plain; evident; indubitable; as, the wisdom of the Creator is apparent in his works.
  3. Visible, in opposition to hid or secret; as, a man's apparent conduct is good.
  4. Visible; appearing to the eye; seeming, in distinction from true or real, as the apparent motion or diameter of the sun. Heirs apparent are those whose right to an estate is indefeasible, if they survive the ancestor; in distinction from presumptive heirs, who, if the ancestor should die immediately, would inherit, but whose right is liable to be defeated by the birth of other children. – Blackstone.

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