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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The organization’s annual report and website brim with assurances about its commitment to transparency. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "A Shadowy Industry Group Shapes Food Policy Around the World," 16 Sep. 2019 The country’s commitment to environmental transparency can incentivize companies to mitigate supply-chain emissions. Ma Jun, Time, "How China Can Truly Lead the Fight Against Climate Change," 12 Sep. 2019 Ron Nirenberg made his name as a council member by being a pit bull for process, a wonky warrior who insisted that the council adhere to transparency and listen to subject-matter experts before casting big votes. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Nirenberg disregards process with Broadway bike-lanes proposal," 11 Sep. 2019 The Tuesday newsletter addressed changes to the Pac-12 officiating protocol — specifically, the commitment to transparency in instances of egregious calls or mistakes in mechanics/interpretations. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Oregon-Auburn is monumental for the Pac-12 (and we explain why)," 30 Aug. 2019 In contrast to the transparency of the Oklahoma trial, the Ohio court process has been secretive. Ellen Florian, Fortune, "What the Sackler Offer and the J&J Opioid Verdict Tell Us About the Next Big Test for Drugmakers—an Ohio Trial in October," 27 Aug. 2019 Ring’s partnerships with law enforcement have come under growing scrutiny in recent months, as media reports have raised questions about their lack of transparency and potential for privacy abuses. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Cops Are Offering Ring Doorbell Cameras in Exchange for Info," 2 Aug. 2019 Its staying power owes a lot to incumbency—but also to transparency. The Economist, "The LME is Europe’s only surviving “open outcry” venue," 1 Aug. 2019 There are questions worth exploring about the Steele dossier, having to do with, say, the transparency of campaign spending. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Robert Mueller’s Testimony and the Garbled Language of Politics," 28 July 2019

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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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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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