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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All Reddit entries have been edited for length and clarity. Grace Gavilanes, ajc, "Real people whose exes moved on really quickly share their side of the story," 13 July 2018 All Reddit entries have been edited for length and clarity. Grace Gavilanes,, "Real People Whose Exes Moved on Really Quickly Share Their Side of the Story," 11 July 2018 In a free-wheeling conversation that’s been edited for length and clarity, Griffin revisits her experiences as public enemy No. 1 and the road back to performing. Chris Barton,, "Kathy Griffin: Fearless and back on the road as she mounts a comeback," 11 July 2018 This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for length and clarity., "Seven questions with Revolution coach Brad Friedel," 2 July 2018 Inside the screen, diegetic minutiae—passerby conversations, a snippet of a TV news story—takes on new clarity, giving shape to the world of a story. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "The Real Reason You Use Closed Captions for Everything Now," 26 June 2018 Märkl, the orchestra and the chorus brought tremendous clarity, finesse and cohesion to piece, putting exquisitely wrought details in the spotlight. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony unleashes joyous roar of Beethoven's Ninth," 16 June 2018 But the timing will infuriate business leaders seeking clarity over Brexit arrangements, with the white paper originally expected to be ready ahead of the EU summit. Tim Ross,, "May Plans Countryside Lock-in to End Cabinet War Over Brexit," 8 June 2018 Order, clarity, and precision reign in all parts of this work. Richard Gunderman, Scientific American, "Maria Agnesi, the Greatest Female Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of," 16 May 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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Phrases Related to clarity

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moment of clarity

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The first known use of clarity was in 1616

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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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