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  1. clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
  2. perspicacious.
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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 formsper·spic·u·ous·ly, adverbper·spic·u·ous·ness, nounun·per·spic·u·ous, adjectiveun·per·spic·u·ous·ly, adverbun·per·spic·u·ous·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of perspicuous

  • This is at all times a great aid to a clear and perspicuous statement.

    Hints on Extemporaneous Preaching

    Henry Ware

  • This is not a fine style, but simple, perspicuous, and agreeable.

  • Both the plan and style are perspicuous; it is admirably adapted for what it is intended.

    The Crystal Palace

    Peter Berlyn

  • The tongue of him to whom they incline is foreign, and this is the perspicuous Arabic tongue.

    Selections From The Kur-an

    Edward William Lane

  • Thought must be true, perspicuous, and adapted to the subject.

British Dictionary definitions for perspicuous


  1. (of speech or writing) easily understood; lucid
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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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