latent / patent

latent / patent
   Latent means "present but not visible or active": Just because I'm not in bed doesn't mean that I don't have a latent virus.
   Patent means "visible, active, or obvious": The claim that I pinched Marilyn's tush is a patent lie!

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  • latent / patent —    Latent means present but not visible or active : Just because I m not in bed doesn t mean that I don t have a latent virus.    Patent means visible, active, or obvious : The claim that I pinched Marilyn s tush is a patent lie! …   Confused words

  • patent — patent, ente [ patɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1292 « lettre patente »; lat. patens, p. prés. de patere « être ouvert; être évident » 1 ♦ Vx Ouvert. Hist. Lettres patentes : décision royale, sous forme de lettre ouverte, accordant ordinairement une faveur à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • latent — latent, ente [ latɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1361; lat. latens, de latere « être caché » 1 ♦ Qui demeure caché, ne se manifeste pas mais qui est susceptible de le faire à tout moment. ⇒ 1. secret. Conflit latent, qui couve. ⇒ larvé. Homosexualité latente.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Latent semantic analysis — (LSA) is a technique in natural language processing, in particular in vectorial semantics, of analyzing relationships between a set of documents and the terms they contain by producing a set of concepts related to the documents and terms. LSA was …   Wikipedia

  • patent — pat·ent 1 / pat ənt3 also pāt / adj [Anglo French, from Latin patent patens, from present participle of patēre to be open] 1 a: open to public inspection see also letters patent at letter 2 …   Law dictionary

  • patent defect — ➔ defect1 * * * patent defect UK US noun [C] LAW ► a fault in a product, property, or document that could be noticed by careful examination, and is usually noticed before a sale or agreement: »The law recognises two types of defects: patent… …   Financial and business terms

  • latent defect — ➔ defect1 * * * latent defect UK US noun [C] ► PRODUCTION a defect or problem with a product, property, etc. that is hard to notice and may not be noticed before it is bought: »When buying real estate, a cracked foundation is a serious latent… …   Financial and business terms

  • latent — la·tent / lāt ənt/ adj: existing in hidden or dormant form but usu. capable of being brought to light compare patent Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • latent defect — n: a defect (as in a product or property) that is not discoverable by reasonable or customary inspection a latent defect excluded from the homeowner s insurance Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • latent — latent, dormant, quiescent, potential, abeyant are comparable when meaning not now manifest or not evincing signs of existence or activity. Latent implies concealment and is applied to what is present without showing itself {latent energy} {a… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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