ap·par·ent adj
1: capable of being easily seen, perceived, or discovered
apparent defects
apparent ambiguity
2: having a right to succeed to a title or estate that cannot be defeated
3: appearing to one's senses and esp. one's vision or to one's understanding as real or true on the basis of evidence that may or may not be correct or factual
an apparent ability to cause injury
the apparent scope of the agent's authority
ap·par·ent·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (perceptible) adjective able to be seen, clear, conspicuous, definite, detectable, discernible, distinct, easily seen, evident, explicit, exposed, express, rictus, identifiable, in sight, in view, indubitable, known, manifest, manifestus, noticeable, notorious, obvious, open, open to view, overt, palpable, patent, perceivable, plain, real, recognizable, self-evident, showing, species, tangible, uncovered, undisguised, videor, viewable, visible associated concepts: apparent ability, apparent agency, apparent authority, apparent cause, apparent danger, apparent defect, apparent easement, apparent from the record, apparent necessity, apparent ownership, apparent partnership, apparent risk, apparent scope of authority, apparent use II (presumptive) adjective appearing, assumptive, conjectural, contemplated, evidential, expected, hopeful, intended, likely, logical, manifest, ostensible, plausible, premised, presumable, probable, proposed, propositional, prospective, seeming, suggestive, supposable, supposed, suppositional, suppositionary, suppositive, taken for granted, to be supposed associated concepts: apparent heir, apparent validity foreign phrases:
- Quod constat clare non debet verificari. — What is clearly apparent is not required to be proved.
- Quod constat curiae opere testium non indiget. — That which appears to the court needs not the help of witnesses.
III index axiomatic, blatant (conspicuous), candid, circumstantial, coherent (clear), colorable (plausible), conclusive (determinative), conspicuous, constructive (inferential), demonstrable, discernible, distinct (clear), elementary, evident, flagrant, lucid, manifest, naked (perceptible), obvious, open (in sight), ostensible, overt, palpable, patent, pellucid, perceivable, perceptible, plausible, presumptive, probable, prominent, public (known), specious, unmistakable, visible (noticeable)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Obvious; evident; true as far as one can see.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1 Readily perceived; manifest; obvious; visible.
2 Seeming, but not actual or real.
See also actual, constructive.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

That which is clear, plain, and evident.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

That which is clear, plain, and evident.

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