[ per-spik-yoo-uhs ]
/ pərˈspɪk yu əs /


clearly expressed or presented; lucid.

Nearby words

  1. perspex,
  2. perspicacious,
  3. perspicaciously,
  4. perspicacity,
  5. perspicuity,
  6. perspicuously,
  7. perspiration,
  8. perspiratory,
  9. perspire,
  10. persson

Origin of perspicuous

1470–80; < Latin perspicuus transparent, equivalent to perspic-, stem of perspicere to look or see through (per- per- + -spicere, combining form of specere to look; see inspect) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix

Related forms
Can be confusedperspicacious perspicuous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for perspicuous


/ (pəˈspɪkjʊəs) /


(of speech or writing) easily understood; lucid
Derived Formsperspicuously, adverbperspicuousness, noun

Word Origin for perspicuous

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

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Word Origin and History for perspicuous



late 15c., from Latin perspicuus "transparent, clear, evident," from perspicere "look through, look closely at" (see perspective). Related: Perspicuously; perspicuousness.

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