- clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.
- the state or quality of being clear or transparent to the eye; pellucidity: the clarity of pure water.
Origin of clarity
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Examples from the Web for clarity
In the end, the clarity that comes from moments of horror can help us recommit to deeper principles.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
Lachs writes with clarity and concision—admirable concision, considering how unwieldy university press offerings tend to be.America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
Webb comes across with a clarity of expression that is rare for a politician and that the voters might find a welcome tonic.Wait a Minute, Clinton Coronators—Here Comes Jim Webb
September 24, 2014
Yet the president uses it for rhetorical vividness—a clarity, as it were.What Did You Do in the Targeted Action, Daddy?
September 12, 2014
Resolving moral dilemmas is her daily work, and she does it with clarity and aplomb.Ian McEwan's New Novel Keeps Life at Arm's Length
September 11, 2014
No dampness or phosphorus impaired the clarity of its walls.The Heads of Apex
When he had first come into contact with her mind, he was astonished at its clarity.The Game of Rat and Dragon
"Oh, no," she answered, turning on him the clarity of her glance.
The clarity of understanding between them was inexpressibly precious to him.
Some index entries have been re-sequenced to allow for clarity of sub-entries.The Facts About Shakespeare
William Allan Nielson
- clearness, as of expression
- clearness, as of water
Word Origin and History for clarity
c.1300, clarte "brightness," from Old French clarté "clarity, brightness," from Latin claritas "brightness, splendor," also, of sounds, "clearness;" figuratively "celebrity, renown, fame," from clarare "make clear," from clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)). Modern form is early 15c., perhaps a reborrowing from Latin. Meaning "clearness" is from 1610s.