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Open; manifest; evident.

In the sale of PERSONAL PROPERTY, a patent defect is one that is clearly visible or that can be discovered by an inspection made by a person exercising ordinary care and prudence.

A patent defect in a legal description is one that cannot be corrected so that a new description must be used.

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