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apparent

Physics as observed but ignoring such factors as the motion of the observer, changes in the environment, etc.

apparent

Denoting a property of a star or other celestial body, such as altitude or brightness, as seen or measured by an observer. Corrections must be made to obtain the true value.

apparent

[ə′pa·rənt]
(astronomy)
A term used to designate certain measured or measurable astronomic quantities to refer them to real or visible objects, such as the sun or a star.
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In brief, the historical record teaches that heir apparentness is no guarantee of victory even for sitting presidents; the role of the vice president as an heir apparent is more a twentieth-century than a nineteenth-century phenomenon; vice presidential inheritors have had an uncertain record of success, with half losing and the winners failing to be reelected; most takeover presidents in the twentieth century have won election to a full term; endorsements have been mostly effective for a first term; and the three contemporary self-declared heirs apparent invite special attention.
We may have seen the last of presidential endorsements of this type of heir apparentness (Hoover in 1928 being the most recent).
What does seem apparent in this review is that those like vice presidents who rely on heir apparentness as a route to the White House have a mixed record of service at the top, if, in fact, they get there.