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Examples of perspicuous in a Sentence
believing that poetry need not be as perspicuous as prose, he writes poems that are intentionally ambiguous
Recent Examples of perspicuous from the Web
Unspoken but perspicuous is the wish to (at worst) score points off Democrats and (at best) free up a seat on the nation’s most important appeals court for a nominee from the Federalist Society weapons locker.
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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
First Known Use: 1570See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of perspicuous
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