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 Courtesy of Nguyen Coffee Supply Sahra Nguyen, a first-generation Vietnamese American set out a goal—bring Vietnamese coffee beans directly to the U.S. with a focus on transparency and sustainability. Linh Ta, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Women-Owned Businesses to Support During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month," 6 May 2021 When The Times filed a lawsuit last year over the agency’s failure to abide by a police transparency law, the Sheriff’s Department belatedly began disclosing information about shootings, including the names of deputies. Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County sheriff refuses to name deputies who open fire, defying state’s high court," 6 May 2021 These titans come with promises of revolutionary technology that can address many of the inefficiencies and transparency dilemmas in medicine, especially during a pandemic. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Can a single number paint an accurate picture of health? This company thinks it can," 6 May 2021 The judge's opinion comes in a lawsuit where the government transparency group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is seeking access to DOJ documents through the Freedom of Information Act. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, "Secret William Barr memo saying not to charge Trump must be released, judge says," 4 May 2021 The same order also exempted those volunteers from other ethics rules, including some transparency guidelines and rules on open meetings, public record keeping and financial disclosures, according to the report. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Cuomo’s former ‘vaccine czar’ Larry Schwartz resigns after repeal of ethics exemption: reports," 30 Apr. 2021 The investigative report on the death of Angel Zapata Hernandez won’t be released because the MTS workers involved are not police officers subject to a police transparency law. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawyer: San Diego police were present when MTS officers pinned man to ground, held a knee to his neck," 29 Apr. 2021 Body camera footage of the fatal shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. raised significant questions about law enforcement transparency. Julius Lasin, USA TODAY, "Police 'don't want us to see everything'," 26 Apr. 2021 Before Kansas’s recent reforms, Utah and Tennessee received the most attention for their property-tax transparency measures. Jonathan Williams, National Review, "The Heartland Property-Tax Rebellion," 26 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Transparency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transparency. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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