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Patent (adjective)

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Pa'tent. adj. [patens, Latin; patent, French.]

  1. Open to the perusal of all: as, letters patent.

  2. Something appropriated by letters patent.

    Madder is esteemed a commodity that will turn to good profit; so that, in king Charles the first's time, it was made a patent commodity. Mortimer's Husbandry.

Sources: Mortimer, John (50)

Attributes: Adjective (337) · French (301) · Latin (555)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Patent (adjective)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 25, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=12844.

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