ETYM Latin patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. French patent. Related to Fathom.
1. Evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous.
2. Open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring some right or privilege.
3. Appropriated or protected by letters patent; secured by official authority to the exclusive possession, control, and disposal of some person or party; patented.