clar·​i·​ty | \ˈkler-ə-tē, ˈkla-rə-\

Definition of clarity 

: the quality or state of being clear : lucidity There is a lack of clarity in many legal documents.

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Examples of clarity in a Sentence

The essays are edited for clarity. There is a lack of clarity in many legal documents. She remembered what happened that day with surprising clarity. I'm looking for greater clarity about what is expected of our students. The clarity of the photographs was amazing. The DVD has excellent clarity of sound. the clarity of the lake's water The vitamin is believed to improve skin clarity.
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There is no legal clarity whether muddled hybrids of public and private power such as Community Benefit Districts and Business Improvement Districts are subject to public integrity requirements like the open meeting, and public records laws., "Should Massachusetts allow cities and towns to create Community Benefit Districts?," 13 July 2018 Mr Macron’s detractors accuse him of lacking ideology, or political clarity. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron’s popularity hits a new low," 12 July 2018 But her script is too diffuse—and too in love with the poetry of the Ukrainian women's black humor—to develop that theme with any force or clarity. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The new Holodomor drama Sickle isn't sharp enough to draw much blood," 12 July 2018 Good clarity means sunlight can reach grasses and plant life below. Christina Tkacik,, "North Shore's annual 'wade-in' offers a glimpse of Magothy's improving water quality," 11 July 2018 Rather than add clarity, these variances will only increase confusion. Craig Martin, STAT, "Why putting drug prices in ads is a bad idea," 11 July 2018 His compositions had such strength, economy and clarity. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "British Composer Oliver Knussen Dies at 66," 9 July 2018 Cheney’s concern stemmed from a lack of clarity within the 25th Amendment about removing a vice president. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'First In Line' profiles modern vice presidents from Nixon to Pence," 9 July 2018 Debbie's season-two spiral was an intentional one for Flahive and Mensch, who wanted Debbie to hit bottom in order to gain clarity. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Bosses on "Uncomfortable" Finale and (Likely) Season 3," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of clarity

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clarity

Middle English clarite, from Latin claritat-, claritas, from clarus — see clarify

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English Language Learners Definition of clarity

: the quality of being easily understood

: the quality of being expressed, remembered, understood, etc., in a very exact way

: the quality of being easily seen or heard


clar·​i·​ty | \ˈkler-ə-tē \

Kids Definition of clarity

: clear quality or state the clarity of the water You can adjust the picture for greater clarity. She remembered her dream with clarity.

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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