clar·​i·​ty | \ ˈkler-ə-tē How to pronounce clarity (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Their responses have been edited for length and clarity. Marlene Cimons, Anchorage Daily News, "How Fauci, 5 other health specialists deal with COVID-19 risks in their everyday lives," 3 July 2020 This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. Will Knight, Wired, "If Done Right, AI Could Make Policing Fairer," 25 June 2020 Moral clarity can also describe the journalist’s own position in relationship to the subject matter. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Why Are Some Journalists Afraid of “Moral Clarity”?," 24 June 2020 This interview has been condensed for length and clarity. Lydia Wang,, "What Dating Around’s Deva Mahal Was Really Thinking During That Sexist Date," 20 June 2020 What follows is a sampling of those essays, which have been lightly edited for length and clarity. Caroline Ross, al, "Caroline Ross, Hoover High School," 19 June 2020 More: Lake Tahoe’s famous clarity is fading, report finds. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Will San Francisco’s Police Department look different in a year?," 12 June 2020 Some people might call 4K overkill for a food-prep video, but the oversized resolution gives you the option of punching in for extreme close-ups during editing without losing image clarity. Popular Science, "This video production kit is perfect for filming your own cooking show," 10 June 2020 Here is a full transcript of Soleil Ho's interview with Vinny Eng, which has been lightly edited for clarity. Justin Phillips,, "Podcast: Vinny Eng on how SF New Deal has kept restaurants going through the pandemic," 22 June 2020

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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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The first known use of clarity was in 1616

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8 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce clarity (audio) \

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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