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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Some candidates are arguing that the polling and fundraising thresholds are arbitrary, and that there was very little transparency in how the DNC came to decide these criteria. Grace Segers, CBS News, "DNC chair defends criteria for Democratic debates," 7 June 2019 Besides economic reform, Hu Yaobang, the most liberal-minded party leader China ever had, wanted to bring a level of transparency to the totalitarian state, which angered his political opponents. Helen Raleigh, National Review, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen, China Is Still Unwilling to Tell the Truth," 4 June 2019 For a rising class of environmentally and socially conscious young minds, however, that lack of transparency is no longer okay; to them, improving the sketch-to-dress process is just as important as a great design, if not more so. Vogue, "How One Lovely Little Label Gets Made in Delhi, India," 31 May 2019 Grenn said the aim was public transparency, not trying to address any potential corruption that other laws or rules already address. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Some Alaska lawmakers say new ethics rules are too limiting," 10 Feb. 2019 This is really full transparency for the American people. Fox News, "Kavanaugh accused: Where does the burden of proof lie?," 19 Sep. 2018 State transparency law has tried to help voters determine PAC ad funders. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "‘Gray money’: New Washington law to lift the cloak on PAC funders," 19 May 2019 While pregnant, founder Katerina Schneider felt confused by all the ingredients listed in prenatal vitamins and the lack of transparency around what exactly goes into each pill. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Ritual? Everything You Need to Know About the Multivitamin That Cuts the Shady Extras," 1 May 2019 Created 35 years ago by beauty expert Paula Begoun, Paula's Choice has always been about ingredient transparency. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Stock Up on Paula's Choice Products While They're on Sale Right Now," 1 Aug. 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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