transparency

noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Fenceline monitoring for six toxic air pollutants — ethylene oxide, chloroprene, vinyl chloride, benzene, 1,3-butadiene and ethylene dichloride — will be crucial to ensure accountability and transparency, Simms and other advocates said. Matthew Daly, Fortune, 9 Apr. 2024 Wisconsin mom Soar agrees that honesty and transparency are essential as families navigate cancer journeys with young children. Mia Taylor, Parents, 9 Apr. 2024 Notably, the company has been a paragon of transparency throughout the process, with a website detailing the group’s progress — and challenges — in an effort to inspire others. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 8 Apr. 2024 Leidner, meanwhile, said universities can be very high level with their guidance, such as making transparency a priority — so students have a right to know when AI is being used to grade their work — and identifying what types of information should never be uploaded into an AI or asked of an AI. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 6 Apr. 2024 New self-service features accessed directly from within the platform will increase transparency into candidate testing progress. Kansas City Star, 4 Apr. 2024 Authorities are monitoring for environmental impact of the collapse as climate activists urge for transparency amid recovery efforts. Minnah Arshad, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 The company prides itself on its transparency, providing third-party lab results for each batch. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 This includes transparency with regard to the types of training data, testing and evaluations, incident reporting, sources of labor, human rights due diligence, and assessments of environmental impacts. Rebecca Finlay, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of transparency was in 1591

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“Transparency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transparency. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

transparency

noun
trans·​par·​en·​cy tran(t)s-ˈpar-ən-sē How to pronounce transparency (audio)
-ˈper-
plural transparencies
1
: the quality or state of being transparent
2
: a picture or design on glass, thin cloth, paper, or film viewed by shining light through it or by projection

Medical Definition

transparency

noun
trans·​par·​en·​cy tran(t)s-ˈpar-ən-sē How to pronounce transparency (audio)
plural transparencies
: the quality or state of being transparent

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