clarity

noun

clar·​i·​ty ˈkler-ə-tē How to pronounce clarity (audio)
ˈkla-rə-
plural clarities
: the quality of being clear: such as
a
: the quality of being easily understood
The interview has been edited for clarity.
Mr. Darlington writes with wit and clarity.Frank J. Prial
b
: the state of having a full, detailed, and orderly mental grasp of something
She remembered that day with surprising clarity.
Employees are looking for some clarity [=understanding] on the company's new policies.
The first step is to ensure you have clarity of purpose. I've been shocked how often people who started an enterprise seem to forget their original purpose.Jacob Harold
… juggling so many creative balls at once that it's amazing he has such clarity of thought.Hannah Stephenson
"… You suddenly got a moment of clarity and you go, 'What the hell am I doing?' …"Ozzy Osbourne
c
: the quality of being easily seen or heard
Those dual 12-inch subwoofers … may produce volume, but the key to a good sound system is clarity.Jim Kerr
Displayed as a negative image for greater clarity, the stars look like grains of pepper sprinkled on a white tablecloth.Andrew Chaikin
d
: the quality of being easily seen through
the clarity of the crystal glass
a wine with excellent clarity and little sediment
e
: a lack of marks, spots, or blemishes
creams to improve skin clarity
Most diamonds have small imperfections called inclusions. These are usually microscopic. The fewer inclusions, the higher the clarity.Richmond (Virginia) Times Dispatch

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 Not that the fine points of the breeding program ever acquire a huge amount of clarity in this May release from Neon, premiering in Berlin. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 One of the main Red Kratom strains effects is profound calmness that encourages body and mind relaxation, alongside mental clarity, helping to combat stress and anxiety [2]. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 Your question may be edited for accuracy and clarity. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Retirement planning, sometimes perceived as daunting and convoluted, gains clarity when viewed through the lens of complexity. Roger Whitney, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Watching the film doesn’t bring a lot of further clarity. David Sims, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2024 Our conversation, edited for length and clarity, is below. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2024 Our conversation is edited for clarity and brevity. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clarity was circa 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Clarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clarity. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

clarity

noun
clar·​i·​ty ˈklar-ət-ē How to pronounce clarity (audio)
: the quality or state of being clear
the clarity of their voices

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