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clarity

[klar-i-tee]
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noun
  1. clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.
  2. the state or quality of being clear or transparent to the eye; pellucidity: the clarity of pure water.
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Origin of clarity

1300–50; Middle English clarite < Latin clāritās (see clear, -ity); replacing Middle English clarte < Middle French < Latin as above
Related formsun·clar·i·ty, noun

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Historical Examples of clarity

  • No dampness or phosphorus impaired the clarity of its walls.

    The Heads of Apex

    Francis Flagg

  • When he had first come into contact with her mind, he was astonished at its clarity.

  • "Oh, no," she answered, turning on him the clarity of her glance.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • The clarity of understanding between them was inexpressibly precious to him.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Some index entries have been re-sequenced to allow for clarity of sub-entries.

    The Facts About Shakespeare

    William Allan Nielson


British Dictionary definitions for clarity

clarity

noun
  1. clearness, as of expression
  2. clearness, as of water
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Word Origin for clarity

C16: from Latin clāritās, from clārus clear
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Word Origin and History for clarity

n.

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.

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