perspicuous

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adjective per·spic·u·ous \pər-ˈspi-kyə-wəs\

Definition of perspicuous

  1. :  plain to the understanding especially because of clarity and precision of presentation a perspicuous argument

perspicuity

play \ˌpər-spə-ˈkyü-ə-tē\ noun

perspicuously

play \pər-ˈspi-kyə-wəs-lē\ adverb

perspicuousness

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Examples of perspicuous in a Sentence

  1. believing that poetry need not be as perspicuous as prose, he writes poems that are intentionally ambiguous

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Did You Know?

Perspicuous is based on Latin perspicere, meaning "to see through," so that which is perspicuous is clear and understandable. "Perspicuous" has a close cousin, "perspicacious," which is used of a person with astute insight. Both words come directly from Latin adjectives that mean the same thing they do: "perspicuous" from "perspicuus," and "perspicacious" from "perspicax." Needless to say, it's possible to confuse the two. One easy way to keep out of trouble is to think of "perspicUous" as the "U" word, and remember that it means "Understandable" - in contrast to the "A" word, "perspicAcious," which means "Astute."

Origin and Etymology of perspicuous

Latin perspicuus transparent, perspicuous, from perspicere

Synonym Discussion of perspicuous

clear, perspicuous, lucid mean quickly and easily understood. clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity. clear instructions perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear. a perspicuous style lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement. a lucid explanation


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