lu·​cid·​i·​ty | \ lü-ˈsi-də-tē How to pronounce lucidity (audio) \

Definition of lucidity

1 : clearness of thought or style the lucidity of the explanation
2 : a presumed capacity to perceive the truth directly and instantaneously : clairvoyance when the spirit is drawn to lucidity by the immediacy of death— Graham Greene

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Examples of lucidity in a Sentence

the lucidity of the recipe should ensure a minimum of confusion
Recent Examples on the Web Cassie moves through the world like a flesh-and-blood cartoon, careening from drunkenness to lucidity. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "A Hot Mess Caught in a Caper in “The Flight Attendant”," 28 Dec. 2020 The book is notable for its matter-of-fact lucidity. Rachel Donadio, Travel + Leisure, "The Extraordinary Life of Jan Morris, Travel Writer and Pioneering Trans Person," 8 Dec. 2020 The filmmaking, for all its tipsiness, retains a striking lucidity: Martin and his friends drink not to lose themselves but to find themselves, violating occupational norms in pursuit of fresh vision and purpose. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: In the high-spirited Danish dramedy ‘Another Round,’ they drink, therefore they are," 3 Dec. 2020 But NDEs are recalled with unusual intensity and lucidity over decades. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about the Brain," 19 May 2020 Most of my best thinking happens during a shower, which is unfortunate not only for the brief interludes of lucidity but mainly because the laptop isn’t waterproof. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Another run with Witten? A reunion with Dez? The Cowboys need to move on from both possibilities," 28 Feb. 2020 Two of the women were unresponsive when first responders arrive, and the third woman had moments of lucidity but passed away about two and a half hours later, Border Patrol officials said. Nick Givas, Fox News, "3 women die after crossing Mexico border, getting lost near California mountains, officials say," 13 Feb. 2020 In the title role of Jove’s beautiful mistress, who dooms herself by seeking immortality, the soprano Amanda Forsythe sang on Saturday afternoon with breezy lucidity, shaping a character more lonesome and pensive than superficial or vain. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Festival Adds to Opera’s Soaring Body Count," 23 Sep. 2019 Note the utter stupidity of the question and the utter lucidity of his answer. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor (Jan 21)," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of lucidity

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lucidity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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