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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Recent Examples on the Web

Water clarity can range from glass-clear to extremely turbid, with visibility sometimes in the inches. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA Wants an Autonomous Drone That Can Do Dirty Work on the Ocean Floor," 1 Feb. 2019 Potter also says that blue can be used for matters of communication and clarity. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Color Magick: A Beginner's Guide to Harnessing the Power of Every Color," 25 Sep. 2018 Those benefits are more energy, inner calm and mental clarity. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Letters published in the magazine may be edited for space and clarity. Town & Country, "Here's How to Contact Town & Country," 20 Sep. 2018 According to TMZ, Davidson paid $93,000 for the bling, which is a VVS1 clarity 3.03 carat diamond set in platinum. Eileen Reslen, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Just Rocked Her Engagement Ring in a New Music Video," 19 July 2018 But there is little question that his conservative jurisprudence would have a major impact, given Kavanaugh’s intellect, work ethic and reputation for clarity in his opinions. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 Thankfully, the show's creator, Dan Fogelman, provided fans with a little bit of clarity over why the scene got chopped. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Freaking Out at Producers Over the Deleted Scene That Everyone Missed," 10 Oct. 2018 Skype's development history is a bit checkered; a wide range of clients has been developed with disparate features and a lack of clarity over direction. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft killing off the old Skype client, adding built-in call recording," 16 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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