AskDefine | Define perspicuity

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perspicuity n : clarity as a consequence of being perspicuous [syn: perspicuousness, plainness]

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  1. Clarity, lucidity, especially in expression; the state or characteristic of being perspicuous.
    • 1905, George Bernard Shaw, The Irrational Knot, ch. 18,
      Whether through the first officer's want of perspicuity or my own stupidity, I was not a bit the wiser for the explanation.
  2. Perspicacity; insight.
    • 1965, "The Stupid Spy," Time, 19 Mar,
      Thompson, a high school dropout, said with rare perspicuity that he doubted the FBI would hire him.
  3. Transparency; translucence.
    • 1900, Edith Wharton, The Touchstone, ch. 11,
      It must have been on some such day of harsh sunlight, the incisive February brightness that gives perspicuity without warmth.



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