apparent adj1 : capable of being easily seen, perceived, or discovered [ defects] [ 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 ability to cause injury] [the scope of the agent's authority]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.