V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: easily perceived, very obvious

Synonyms: obvious, clear, evident, apparent

Antonyms: obscure, ambiguous, unclear, incomprehensible

Tips: Use patent as a more sophisticated way of saying "obvious." Patent is usually used to point out a negative action, as in: "That's a patent (obvious, clear) lie, and you know it." The adverb patently means "obviously," "clearly." A patent is also an exclusive right, given by a government to an inventor, to make or sell the invention.

Usage Examples:

Our company executives seem to ignore the patent fact that we have not had a pay raise in over four years. (obvious, easily perceived)

I don't know how you could believe that for even a second; it's a patent lie! (obvious, clear)

He looked at the sign that said NO U-turn and made a U-turn; it was a patent disregard for the law. (clear, obvious)

It could not be more patently obvious that he is in love with her. (clearly) adverb

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