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 With a sharper understanding of his own position, Davis can help bring clarity to the quarterbacks. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Avery Davis emerges from uncertainty to become leader of receivers," 31 Mar. 2021 Much like last season, the Browns have a bunch of candidates but little clarity at linebacker. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Resetting the Browns’ depth chart to find 2021 NFL Draft needs (survey)," 31 Mar. 2021 And yet millions of pages, including treatment records that could offer vivid clarity on how patients were viewed and diagnosed, have yet to be digitized or preserved because of a lack of funding. Washington Post, "A Virginia mental institution for Black patients, opened after the Civil War, yields a trove of disturbing records," 29 Mar. 2021 Here, Young stops the conversation for some clarity. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Architecture of a rebuild: With a clean slate and a new GM, the Rangers can create an entirely new identity," 28 Mar. 2021 But criminal enforcement relies on the willingness of police to enforce crimes, and clarity around the circumstances leading to the deaths. Chris Quintana, USA Today, "Two fraternity deaths in two months. COVID didn't stop hazing - it hid it away from 'watchful eyes'," 27 Mar. 2021 The greater choice is a boon for the growing cohort of specialist funds with ethical mandates, yet also creates more due diligence in an asset class already lacking clarity thanks to a lack of uniform standards. Greg Ritchie, Fortune, "Bond investors face baffling $2 trillion rainbow of ethical debt," 27 Mar. 2021 In addition to the settlement, Link’s ruling provided clarity about how school districts should collect oversight fees. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge orders CA school districts to pay back oversight fees totaling $1 million," 27 Mar. 2021 Otherwise, Friday’s moves create some clarity on their pressing roster questions in the last week of camp. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles place Chris Davis on 60-day injured list to re-sign Wade LeBlanc; Keegan Akin optioned to minors," 26 Mar. 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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4 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Clarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 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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