- easily understood; completely intelligible or comprehensible: a lucid explanation.
- characterized by clear perception or understanding; rational or sane: a lucid moment in his madness.
- shining or bright.
- clear; pellucid; transparent.
Origin of lucid
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Examples from the Web for lucidly
Please read this brief (15 pages) and lucidly written report published last December by the Congressional Research Service.The GOP’s Three Fiscal Lies
March 23, 2013
Murray does not state this point as lucidly as one might wish, so the quotations will have to skip around a bit.Social Science Minus the Science
February 8, 2012
The rules are lucidly explained, and the selections made with taste.
"Because then I can talk about them to them," concluded Alwynne lucidly.Regiment of Women
To think sharply and lucidly is the result of self-discipline.Talks on Writing English
Her mind watched, nevertheless, as keenly and as lucidly as in her happiest days.The Trappers of Arkansas
"She may not have liked children," observed Lady Lyons, lucidly.Mrs. Dorriman, Volume 3 of 3
Julie Bosville Chetwynd
- readily understood; clear
- shining or glowing
- psychiatry of or relating to a period of normality between periods of insane or irresponsible behaviour
Word Origin and History for lucidly
1590s, "bright, shining," from Latin lucidus "light, bright, clear," figuratively "perspicuous, lucid, clear," from lucere "to shine," from lux (genitive lucis) "light," from PIE root *leuk- "to shine, be bright" (see light (n.)). Sense of "easy to understand" first recorded 1786. Lucid interval "period of calm or temporary sanity" (1580s) is from Medieval Latin lucida intervalla (plural), which was common in medieval English legal documents (cf. non est compos mentis, sed gaudet lucidis intervallis). Related: Lucidly; lucidness (1640s).