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perspicuous

[ per-spik-yoo-uhs ]
/ pərˈspɪk yu əs /
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adjective
clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
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Origin of perspicuous

First recorded in 1570–80; from Latin perspicuus “transparent, clearly visible,” equivalent to perspic(ere), “to look over, inspect, survey” (formed from preposition and prefix per, per- “through; thoroughly” + -spicere, combining form of specere “to see, observe, look”) + -uus adjective suffix; see per-, inspect)

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH perspicuous

perspicacious, perspicuous
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British Dictionary definitions for perspicuous

perspicuous
/ (pəˈspɪkjʊəs) /

adjective
(of speech or writing) easily understood; lucid

Derived forms of perspicuous

perspicuously, adverbperspicuousness, noun

Word Origin for perspicuous

C15: from Latin perspicuus transparent, from perspicere to explore thoroughly; see perspective
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