apparent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Readily seen; visible.
Readily understood; clear or obvious.
Appearing as such but not necessarily so; seeming: an apparent advantage.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French aparant, present participle of aparoir, to appear; see appear.
Usage Note: Used before a noun, apparent means “seeming”: For all his apparent wealth, Pat had no money to pay the rent. Used after a form of the verb be, however, apparent can mean either “seeming” (as in His virtues are only apparent) or “obvious” (as in The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields). One should take care that the intended meaning is clear from the context.