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


clearly expressed or presented; lucid.

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

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Can be confused

perspicacious 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 Forms

perspicuously, adverbperspicuousness, noun

Word Origin for perspicuous

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