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patency the state of being plain, obvious, or patent. [2 definitions]
patent a government grant to an inventor, giving for a specified period the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invented device, process, or the like. [7 definitions]
patentable combined form of patent.
patent ambiguity in law, the uncertainty that exists when the language used in a document can have more than one meaning.
patented having a patent, a legal protection that allows an inventor the sole rights to make, use, or sell what he or she has invented for a particular period of time.
patentee a person or other entity that has been granted a patent.
patent leather leather that is treated in a formerly patented process to achieve a hard, glossy, usu. black finish.
patent medicine a medical preparation that is protected by a trademark and that may be purchased without a prescription.
patent office in the U.S. government, an agency of the Department of Commerce that administers the patent and trademark laws; Patent and Trademark Office.
patentor the issuer of a patent.
patent right an exclusive right conferred by a patent, esp. to manufacture and sell an invention.
paterfamilias the male head of a family or household, esp. the father.
paternal of, concerning, or typical of a father. [3 definitions]
paternalism the practice or policy of controlling or managing people in a nation, corporation, school, or the like in a paternal manner, by taking care of their needs but giving them virtually no responsibility.
paternity the fact or state of being a father; fatherhood. [4 definitions]
paternoster the Lord's Prayer, esp. when said in Latin. [2 definitions]
path a track beaten by the feet of people or animals. [4 definitions]
pathetic arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, or tender concern. [2 definitions]
pathetic fallacy the attribution of human characteristics to inanimate objects, a technique esp. used in literature as in the sentence, "The angry waves pounded the beach".
pathfinder one who finds or makes a path or way, usu. through unexplored areas.
-pathic feeling or suffering in (such) a way or as a result of (such) a condition. [2 definitions]