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

1575–85; < Latin lūcidus, equivalent to lūc-, stem of lūx light1 + -idus -id4
Related formslu·cid·i·ty, lu·cid·ness, nounlu·cid·ly, adverbnon·lu·cid, adjectivenon·lu·cid·ly, adverbnon·lu·cid·ness, nounun·lu·cid, adjectiveun·lu·cid·ly, adverbun·lu·cid·ness, noun

Synonyms for lucid

Antonyms for lucid

1, 4. obscure. 2. irrational. 3. dim. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lucidly

Contemporary Examples of lucidly

  • Please read this brief (15 pages) and lucidly written report published last December by the Congressional Research Service.

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    The GOP’s Three Fiscal Lies

    Michael Tomasky

    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.

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    Social Science Minus the Science

    David Frum

    February 8, 2012

Historical Examples of lucidly

British Dictionary definitions for lucidly



readily understood; clear
shining or glowing
psychiatry of or relating to a period of normality between periods of insane or irresponsible behaviour
Derived Formslucidity or lucidness, nounlucidly, adverb

Word Origin for lucid

C16: from Latin lūcidus full of light, from lūx light
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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).

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