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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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 Democrats have released years of their tax documents during the primary, seeking to promote transparency and highlight President Trump’s unwillingness to release his returns. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Bernie Sanders Releases Tax Returns," 15 Apr. 2019 Walls curved like Richard Serra sculptures encircle a pair of free-floating exam rooms; panels of one-way glass lining the offices echo the need for transparency and privacy. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "At 35, I Went to a Millennial Egg-Freezing Clinic—and Now I’m Rethinking My Future," 12 Nov. 2018 That can be seen as a sign of extreme transparency and awareness, as well as an intention to fix any issues that spring up. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Bethesda softens ground for “spectacular issues” with Fallout 76 launch," 23 Oct. 2018 Defense attorneys have called it a matter of transparency and say Texas’ claims of potential physical harm are overblown. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Texas’ high court keeps execution drug supplier secret," 13 Apr. 2019 Companies have recently begun sharing more information about their materials thanks to activists who are pushing for full transparency. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Teens are Reportedly Boiling Used Tampons to Get High," 9 Jan. 2019 At the very least, the fact that Facebook is only now coming forward with this bit of information, nearly a year after investigations into Russian actors' manipulation of Facebook began, indicates a glaring lack of transparency on Facebook's part. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Facebook Gave a Russian Internet Giant a Special Data Extension," 10 July 2018 Murphy, a Democrat, also won provisions in the legislation that would increase transparency and accountability around drone purchases, including an investigation into whether any Chinese drones are still used by the U.S. government. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Measure Protecting U.S. Drone Manufacturing Advances In Congress," 26 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

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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