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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The foundation also gave awards for House members’ constituent services, their innovations, transparency and accountability and two lifetime achievement awards. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rep. Susan Davis wins award for a worker-friendly office," 13 July 2018 Japan repeatedly has stated its commitment to transparency and appropriate handling of the plutonium, but the U.S. in particular has raised concerns in recent years. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Japan OKs ambitious nuke energy goals, plutonium reuse plan," 3 July 2018 Is there no way to get some kind of transparency and accountability? Luke Darby, GQ, "Is There a Better Way Forward Than Abolishing ICE?," 27 June 2018 Implement strong transparency and accountability measures, that include enumerating which law enforcement agencies and companies supporting law enforcement agencies are using Amazon services, and how. James Vincent, The Verge, "Amazon employees protest sale of facial recognition software to police," 22 June 2018 Additionally, the authors call on Amazon to implement transparency and accountability measures to detail how Amazon's services are used by law enforcement agencies. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Amazon staff to Bezos: Stop selling tech to law enforcement, Palantir," 22 June 2018 Global norms on transparency and accountability are being better enforced by international institutions. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why nations are not alone in fighting graft," 21 June 2018 For See -- who runs Choson Exchange, a non-profit group that trains North Koreans on entrepreneurship -- the experience was an illustration of the lack of transparency and accountability commonplace in the hermit kingdom. Serene Cheong, Bloomberg.com, "The Man Who Teaches North Koreans About Business," 12 June 2018 Some have convened new multilateral forums and advocated for transparency and joint responsibility within the U.N. climate process. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "How the World Is Coping 1 Year After Trump Abandoned Paris Climate Pact," 31 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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