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perspicuity

[pur-spi-kyoo-i-tee]
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noun
  1. clearness or lucidity, as of a statement.
  2. the quality of being perspicuous.
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Origin of perspicuity

From the Latin word perspicuitās, dating back to 1470–80. See perspicuous, -ity

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1. clarity, plainness, intelligibility. 2. transparency. Perspicuity, perspicacity are both derived from a Latin word meaning “to see through.” Perspicacity refers to the power of seeing clearly, to clearness of insight or judgment: a person of acute perspicacity; the perspicacity of his judgment. Perspicuity refers to something that can be seen through, i.e., to lucidity, clearness of style or exposition, freedom from obscurity: the perspicuity of her argument.

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2. dimness, opacity.
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perspicuity

noun
  1. the quality of being perspicuous
  2. acute perception; perspicacity
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Word Origin and History for perspicuity

n.

late 15c., of things; 1540s, of expressions, from Latin perspicuitas "transparency, clearness," from perspicuus, from perspicere "look through, look closely at" (see perspective).

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