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That which is clear, plain, and evident.

In the law of agency, an agent has apparent authority to represent the person, or principal, for whom he or she acts, when the principal acts in such a manner toward the agent that a reasonable person would plainly assume that the agent was acting for the principal.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

APPARENT. That which is manifest what is proved. It is required that all things upon which a court must pass, should be made to appear, if matter in pays, under oath if matter of record, by the record. It is a rule that those things which do not appear, are to be considered as not existing de non apparentibus et non existentibus eadem est ratio. Broom's Maxims, 20, What does not appear, does not exist; quod non apparet, non est.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It has been labeled as such, but Hillary Clinton's version of heir apparentness suggests otherwise.
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.
Dickerson failed to meet this requirement.(332) By using this vague, undefined standard of immediate apparentness, the Dickerson majority effectively enumerated a requirement that in practice is virtually impossible to meet.