Definition of patently in US English:



  • often as submodifier Clearly; without doubt.

    ‘these claims were patently false’
    ‘a law that is patently ridiculous’
    • ‘In the case of most rock bands, of course, this is patently rubbish - they want to sell records.’
    • ‘That the Prime Minister can not be trusted with confidence is patently clear.’
    • ‘This annual death toll amounts to 10 million - a patently unsustainable figure.’
    • ‘In some cases, commentators make assertions that are patently false.’
    • ‘In short, the Court should not permit a patently illegal sales process to go forward.’
    • ‘The mischievous nature of U. S. policy came out patently on the issue of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine.’
    • ‘Which means the US Empire is already on the wane - bad news for George W. Bush, who patently enjoys being Emperor.’
    • ‘This statement is for reasons already given patently true.’
    • ‘Victory over Celtic this afternoon would ease the strain he is patently under.’
    • ‘There are cases in the eastern States where plaintiffs have succeeded, notwithstanding the risks involved have been patently obvious.’
    • ‘They later claimed that their patently false confessions had been extracted by torture.’
    • ‘He is patently too self-conscious, too overwhelmed by the self-evident foolishness of the whole business.’
    • ‘However, performing in front of home crowds that last season averaged over the 2,000 mark patently makes the club a draw.’
    • ‘He patently ignored obvious contradictions in order to support the line of argument of Opel management.’
    • ‘The Divisional Court compared housing co-operatives to other democratic bodies where a court will interfere only where a decision is patently unreasonable.’
    • ‘They claimed compensation for damages (no issue of criminal liability was raised; this was patently a case of civil litigation).’
    • ‘The charge that neocons are concerned above all with the welfare of Israel is patently false.’
    • ‘All the same, this statement is patently untrue.’
    • ‘A pharmacist who failed to seek confirmation of a patently erroneous prescription was for that reason negligent.’
    • ‘The university has falsely combined these patently contradictory goals, making opaque the real differences between them.’