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perspicuous

Definition:

transparently clear; easily understandable

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

perspicuously

Comparative:

more perspicuous

Superlative:

most perspicuous

Similar to:

clear

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

a perspicuous argument

Etymology:

(in the sense "transparent"): from Latin perspicuus "transparent, clear" (from...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

perspicuous [speech or writing] | lucid [synonym] | perspicuously [adverb, derived]

easily understood; lucid (3 of 236 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/perspicuous

Merriam-Webster:

perspicuous | apparent [synonym] | bald [synonym] | bald-faced [synonym] | barefaced [synonym] | bright-line [synonym] | broad [synonym] | clear-cut [synonym] | crystal clear [synonym] | ...

plain to the understanding especially because of clarity and precision of presentation (12 of 189 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/perspicuous

Oxford Dictionary:

perspicuous | lucid [synonym, sense-specific] | perspicuity [derived] | perspicuously [derived]

[formal] : clearly expressed and easily understood; lucid | able to give an account or express an idea clearly. (18 of 70 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/perspicuous

Wiktionary:

perspicuous | imperspicuous [antonym, sense-specific] | lucid [synonym, sense-specific] | Transparent [synonym, sense-specific] | translucent [synonym, sense-specific]

Clearly expressed, easy to understand; lucid. | [logic] Of a language or notation, such as that of formal propositional calculus: where the process of inference from premises to conclusion is explicitly laid out. | [rare] Transparent; translucent. (35 of 54 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/perspicuous

American Heritage Dictionary:

perspicuous | perspicuously [adverb, related] | perspicuousness [noun, related]

Clearly expressed or presented; easy to understand | Expressing oneself clearly and effectively (12 of 36 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/perspicuous

New World Dictionary:

perspicuous | perspicuity [related] | perspicuously [adverb, related]

clear in statement or expression; easily understood; lucid (8 of 33 words, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

perspicuous | perspicacious [synonym, sense-specific]

clearly expressed or presented; lucid. | perspicacious (6 of 13 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/perspicuous

Macmillan British Dictionary:

crystal clear

completely transparent and very bright | extremely obvious or easy to understand (11 of 47 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/crystal-clear

Cambridge Dictionary:

crystal clear

extremely clear | very easy to understand (6 of 25 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crystal-clear

Wikipedia:

Transparency and translucency | transparency | pellucidity | diaphaneity | Translucency | translucence | translucidity

the physical property of allowing light to pass through the material without being scattered. On a macroscopic scale, the photons can be said to follow Snell's Law. Translucency, is a super-set of transparency, allows light to pass through; but, does... (40 of 4110 words, 11 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Transparency and translucency

Encarta Dictionary:

perspicuous

clearly expressed and therefore easily understood (6 of 31 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861725261​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

perspicuous

First use: late 15th century

Origin: (in the sense "transparent"): from Latin perspicuus "transparent, clear" (from the verb perspicere "look at closely") + "-ous"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/perspicuous

Collins Dictionary:

perspicuous [speech or writing]

First use: 15th century

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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/perspicuous

New World Dictionary:

perspicuous

Origin: Middle English, transparent from Latin perspicuus from perspicere, to see through: see "perspective"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/perspicuous

American Heritage Dictionary:

perspicuous

Origin: From Latin perspicuus, from perspicere, to see through; see "perspicacious".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/perspicuous

Wiktionary:

perspicuous

Origin: Latin perspicuus, in turn from perspiciō ("see through").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/perspicuous

Merriam-Webster:

perspicuous

First use: 1586

Origin: Latin perspicuus transparent, perspicuous, from perspicere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/perspicuous

Encarta Dictionary:

perspicuous

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin perspicuus from perspicere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861725261​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

perspicuous [speech or writing]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "perspicuous"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/perspicuous

the Free Dictionary:

perspicuous

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "perspicuous"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "perspicuous" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/perspicuous

Google Dictionary:

perspicuous

Audio: English pronunciation of "perspicuous"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

perspicuous

Audio: North American pronunciation of "perspicuous"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=perspi​03 word=perspicuous

YourDictionary Audio:

perspicuous

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "perspicuous" by speech synthesizer

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