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 There’s little clarity about what is happening in the fractured field, and the race still seems open to late surprises, not least from the late-arriving billionaire Bloomberg. Time, "Bernie Sanders Leads in Nevada and the Establishment Isn't Doing Much to Stop Him," 22 Feb. 2020 Welcome to the baffling world of methane studies, where there's a vast amount at stake for the planet but, often, little clarity about the questions that matter most. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Methane is a hard-hitting greenhouse gas. Scientists say we’ve dramatically underestimated how much we’re emitting.," 19 Feb. 2020 Those of us who worked hard to understand what a literary voice even is can observe, with awe, how the sharpness, clarity, and wit of Moore’s voice was evident from the very beginning of her writing life. Lauren Groff, The New York Review of Books, "The Keatsian Intelligence of Lorrie Moore," 18 Feb. 2020 In his lectures, Dr. Leder was known for his humor and for a clarity of presentation that made his subject comprehensible to newcomers and experts alike. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Philip Leder, medical researcher who explored genetic links to cancer, dies at 85," 15 Feb. 2020 In Tuesday’s program, by contrast, his conducting balanced clarity and fluidity, gracefully shaping the music without putting on a superfluous show for the audience. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Serenades suave and spirited from the Dallas Chamber Symphony," 12 Feb. 2020 Here are highlights from the interview, which has been condensed for space purposes and clarity. Dustin Gardiner,, "Eric Swalwell is writing a book about his dad, Donald Trump and corruption," 11 Feb. 2020 The Journal Sentinel lightened the video in parts for clarity, such as when Feliciano was on his phone but the video was not slowed. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dennis Munson died in an amateur kickboxing bout in Milwaukee six years ago. Now his family lawsuit is settled.," 10 Feb. 2020 But there is no clear timeline in place for when the remaining votes will be released, nor much clarity as to what could possibly be taking so long: After all, fewer than 200,000 people voted on Monday. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Here’s what international election observers have to say about the Iowa caucuses," 6 Feb. 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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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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