transparency

noun
trans·par·en·cy | \ tran(t)s-ˈper-ən(t)-sē \
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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There is, however, no federal oversight of adoptions, either in state or between states, and there is minimal transparency on how the process works. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 Shuey criticized officials for their lack transparency with the master plan and what could happen to some of the buildings in the district. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Officials say Ellicott City must adapt to survive future floods," 29 June 2018 In recent weeks, in a bid to improve transparency, administrators have lifted the veil of secrecy that surrounded Dozier and programs like it, allowing The Miami Herald to review century-old records and tour the remote campus. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A painful reunion at school of horror," 11 July 2018 The draft directive also contains provisions for improving transparency in royalty accounting to performers and rights holders, as well as proposals for making contracts and payments fairer in the digital world. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Music Industry Bosses Decry 'Missed Opportunity' As European Union Rejects Copyright Bill," 5 July 2018 The current version is just a first step toward improving transparency, the company said. Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, "Facebook and Twitter Expand Peek Into Who’s Behind Their Ads," 28 June 2018 Other proposals to improve transparency in government — a pledge to ‘‘read the bill’’ and post legislation three days before votes — remain works in progress. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Much-ballyhooed Tea Party class of House GOP fades," 4 June 2018 However, a desire to keep some changes from going public might preclude that level of transparency. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla can change so much with over-the-air updates that it’s messing with some owners’ heads," 2 June 2018 Border Patrol operates with surprisingly little transparency for an agency with such sweeping reach. Luke Darby, GQ, "Border Patrol Stopped U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of transparency

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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transparency

noun
trans·par·en·cy | \ trans-ˈper-ən-sē \
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 \
plural transparencies

Medical Definition of transparency 

: the quality or state of being transparent

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