- clearness or lucidity, as of a statement.
- the quality of being perspicuous.
Origin of perspicuity
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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.
2. dimness, opacity.
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Examples from the Web for perspicuity
To proceed with order and perspicuity, we will go up the Missisippi from its mouth.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
This he did with infinite talent and with a perspicuity beyond all praise.Orley Farm
New characters are daily constructed, in which convenience, rather than perspicuity, has been consulted.
This was a loss, both in the way of theoretical correctness and perspicuity.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
Nevil read on, distrustful of the perspicuity of his own ideas.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
- the quality of being perspicuous
- acute perception; perspicacity
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Word Origin and History for perspicuity
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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