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perspicuous

adjective per·spic·u·ous \pər-ˈspi-kyə-wəs\

Definition of PERSPICUOUS

:  plain to the understanding especially because of clarity and precision of presentation <a perspicuous argument>
per·spi·cu·i·ty \ˌpər-spə-ˈkyü-ə-tē\ noun
per·spic·u·ous·ly \pər-ˈspi-kyə-wəs-lē\ adverb
per·spic·u·ous·ness noun

Examples of PERSPICUOUS

  1. <believing that poetry need not be as perspicuous as prose, he writes poems that are intentionally ambiguous>

Origin of PERSPICUOUS

Latin perspicuus transparent, perspicuous, from perspicere
First Known Use: 1586

Synonym Discussion of PERSPICUOUS

clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness <clear water>. transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly <a transparent sheet of film>. translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond <translucent frosted glass>. limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water <her eyes were limpid pools of blue>.

clear, perspicuous, lucid mean quickly and easily understood. clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity <clear instructions>. perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear <a perspicuous style>. lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement <a lucid explanation>.

Rhymes with PERSPICUOUS

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