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 Technology and data analytics bring transparency that helps keep costs under control, Berardo said. Cristiane Lucchesi, Bloomberg.com, "Health-Tech Startup Raises Funds for Brazil Oscar-Copycat Plan," 20 Oct. 2020 Amsler says Facebook’s changes since 2016 have improved transparency. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "Facebook Tweaked Its Rules, but You Can Still Target Voters," 12 Oct. 2020 There are near-daily updates to platform policies, but these amendments are not comprehensive, lack transparency and have not been independently assessed. Claire Wardle, Scientific American, "How to Get Through This Election," 12 Oct. 2020 Nevertheless, the council does have some small ability to hold member countries accountable, and to magnify the voices of citizens in regimes that would otherwise have no transparency and no public debate. Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Used to Write the Rules—Now China Does," 8 Oct. 2020 Four years ago, then-candidate Donald Trump demanded transparency from his opponent about her medical records. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "What Trump and Fox News said about medical records transparency in 2016," 7 Oct. 2020 Morale was already low, and the reorganization contributed to a greater sense that the food bank’s decision making lacked transparency. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "S.F.-Marin Food Bank ratifies union contract after yearlong battle where workers alleged institutional racism," 7 Oct. 2020 There’s a lot of confusion—some on purpose—but one thing is clear: Americans want transparency. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "The Privacy Whisperers," 1 Oct. 2020 Lindsay said his priorities for the district would be to rebuild trust and improve financial transparency. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "Elections: 6 Scottsdale school board candidates talk reopening in pandemic and other hot topics," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of transparency

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of transparency was in 1591

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23 Oct 2020

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“Transparency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transparency. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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