transparency

noun
trans·​par·​en·​cy | \ tran(t)s-ˈper-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce transparency (audio) \
plural transparencies

Definition of transparency

1 : the quality or state of being transparent
2 : something transparent especially : a picture (as on film) viewed by light shining through it or by projection

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Examples of transparency in a Sentence

the transparency of a piece of glass the transparency of their motives He says that there needs to be more transparency in the way the government operates. The professor used transparencies and an overhead projector during her lectures.
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Recent Examples on the Web But the lack of quality data is undermining efforts at transparency, according to Zarin. Shraddha Chakradhar, STAT, "More trial results are being posted to public database, but data quality is lacking, report finds," 13 Nov. 2019 Barbara Hale, assistant general manager of the city utility commission, said the benefit of public power is accountability and transparency and the purchase would serve San Francisco’s goals of equity, clean energy and modernizing the grid. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Exclusive: Sen. Kamala Harris introduces bill to crack down on PG&E bonuses," 13 Nov. 2019 In addition to fighting fake accounts, Facebook has unveiled new safety and transparency protocols in order to better safeguard the U.S. election process and ensure the misinformation campaign that rocked the 2016 election is not repeated. CBS News, "Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts," 13 Nov. 2019 The Herald-Times reports those windows are part of the museum’s efforts to focus on transparency and education after its $30 million renovation. USA TODAY, "Soccer seismology, lobster drop, battle ax defense: News from around our 50 states," 12 Nov. 2019 There was a lot more talk about personal and professional development, work-life balance and transparency in the workplace. chicagotribune.com, "From cubicles to standing desks: The Tribune has been spotlighting Top Workplaces for a decade. Here’s how winners are selected.," 8 Nov. 2019 Issues to work on include student transportation, transparency in open enrollment, and financially incentivizing schools to prepare students for post-secondary success whether in college or a career. Matthew Ladner, National Review, "Arizona’s Success with Charter Schools Is a Model Other States Would Be Wise to Follow," 8 Nov. 2019 For all his self-deprecating transparency, Sloss’s delivery betrays a degree of unease. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Daniel Sloss’s “X,” a Laddish Comic’s Reckoning with #MeToo," 8 Nov. 2019 Everlane's brand ethos rests on radical transparency. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Save on Everlane classics at the Choose What You Pay sale," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of transparency

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of transparency was in 1591

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transparency

noun
How to pronounce transparency (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of transparency

: the quality that makes it possible to see through something
: the quality that makes something obvious or easy to understand
: a piece of thin, clear plastic with pictures or words printed on it that can be viewed on a large screen by shining light through it

transparency

noun
trans·​par·​en·​cy | \ trans-ˈper-ən-sē How to pronounce transparency (audio) \
plural transparencies

Kids Definition of transparency

1 : the quality or state of being transparent
2 : a picture or design on glass or film that can be viewed by shining a light through it

transparency

noun
trans·​par·​en·​cy | \ tran(t)s-ˈpar-ən-sē How to pronounce transparency (audio) \
plural transparencies

Medical Definition of transparency

: the quality or state of being transparent

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