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 Final steps involve trimming, polishing, and evaluating the stones, which are graded according to the 4Cs-- cut, color, clarity and carat, just like mined diamonds. ABC News, 29 May 2021 Mishler says positioning your business to succeed now provides a framework for navigating the adventures of 2021 and beyond with resilience, clarity, confidence and focus. Henry Devries, Forbes, 29 May 2021 There is also poor water clarity and debris along the riverbanks and at the Tube Chute dam, police said. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, 29 May 2021 This can make for rather jittery, angular sentences, although they are smoothed somewhat by crispness and clarity of expression. Ursula Buchan, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Here is that conversation, edited and condensed for clarity and concision. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 28 May 2021 In addition to offering visual clarity, the streamlined design also gave the massive room a series of functional zones. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 27 May 2021 His most recent on-screen appearance Monday on SportsCenter didn't provide much clarity. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2021 But in the context of the series, the reality of its origins reaches viewers with a fresh, saturating clarity. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021

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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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3 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Clarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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