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 for Visible church
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Visible \Vis"i*ble\, a. [L. visibilis, fr. videre, visum, to
     see: cf. F. visible. See Vision.]
     1. Perceivable by the eye; capable of being seen;
        perceptible; in view; as, a visible star; the least spot
        is visible on white paper.
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              Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible
              and invisible.                        --Bk. of Com.
                                                    Prayer.
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              Virtue made visible in outward grace. --Young.
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     2. Noticeable; apparent; open; conspicuous. --Shak.
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              The factions at court were greater, or more visible,
              than before.                          --Clarendon.
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     Visible church (Theol.), the apparent church of Christ on
        earth; the whole body of professed believers in Christ, as
        contradistinguished from the invisible, or real, church,
        consisting of sanctified persons.
  
     Visible horizon. Same as Apparent horizon, under
        Apparent.
        [1913 Webster] -- Vis"i*ble*ness, n. -- Vis"i*bly,
        adv.
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