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

Defense attorneys have called it a matter of transparency and say Texas’ claims of potential physical harm are overblown. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Texas’ high court keeps execution drug supplier secret," 13 Apr. 2019 Companies have recently begun sharing more information about their materials thanks to activists who are pushing for full transparency. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Teens are Reportedly Boiling Used Tampons to Get High," 9 Jan. 2019 At the very least, the fact that Facebook is only now coming forward with this bit of information, nearly a year after investigations into Russian actors' manipulation of Facebook began, indicates a glaring lack of transparency on Facebook's part. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Facebook Gave a Russian Internet Giant a Special Data Extension," 10 July 2018 Murphy, a Democrat, also won provisions in the legislation that would increase transparency and accountability around drone purchases, including an investigation into whether any Chinese drones are still used by the U.S. government. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Measure Protecting U.S. Drone Manufacturing Advances In Congress," 26 May 2018 Shopping for bras—especially online—is hard and, full transparency, these options may not work for you. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "20 Really, Really Cute Bras Just in Time for Cuffing Season," 5 Oct. 2018 Nonetheless, the White House seems to believe that such transparency could force companies to compete on price. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Most Americans support the Trump idea to force pharma to advertise drug prices," 27 June 2018 Without net neutrality’s transparency requirements, ISPs won’t have to clarify the limits of a connection, meaning competitors and consumers alike may not even realize what’s occurring. Karl Bode, The Verge, "How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination," 18 Dec. 2018 Retailers and brands weren’t immune to transparency issues, either. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The biggest beauty trend in 2018? Makeup brands behaving badly," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of transparency

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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transparency

noun

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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