trans·par·ent | \tran(t)s-ˈper-ənt \

Definition of transparent 

1a(1) : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly : pellucid

(2) : allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (such as X-rays or ultraviolet light)

b : fine or sheer enough to be seen through : diaphanous

2a : free from pretense or deceit : frank

b : easily detected or seen through : obvious

c : readily understood

d : characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

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Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb
transparentness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for transparent

clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness. clear water transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly. a transparent sheet of film translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond. translucent frosted glass limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water. her eyes were limpid pools of blue

Examples of transparent in a Sentence

bottles of blue transparent glass his meaning in leaving the conversation is transparent: he doesn't want to talk about his combat experiences

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The official Twitter account of the NBA Referees Association made a commendable step to be transparent and accountable with the NBA Finals’ officiating on Wednesday. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "The NBA Referees finally explained why Draymond Green didn't get a 2nd technical," 7 June 2018 Her campaigns in 2014 and 2016 have focused heavily on offering transparent communication with voters and on keeping taxes down. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Rep. Joe Serra Agrees To Reprimand In Settlement Of 2016 Election Complaint," 7 June 2018 Bloomberg View senior executive editor David Shipley presents an editorial arguing that Congress should make sure that Facebook’s data-for-services bargain becomes fairer and more transparent., "Grilling Zuckerberg Doesn’t Fix Facebook: View," 13 Apr. 2018 Pressure is growing on direct-to-consumer genealogy and genetic testing companies to be more transparent about their privacy policies, after the arrest of the notorious Golden State Killer using publicly available data from one of the websites. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Lawmakers press genetic testing companies for details on their privacy policies," 21 June 2018 Having an open and transparent process that includes providing opportunities for citizen engagement along the way and defining our values as a community are an essential component of this process. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin City Council divided on need for outside search for next police chief," 15 June 2018 Or: Be transparent with workers, and responsive to their concerns. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Self-Driving Cars Likely Won’t Steal Your Job (Until 2040)," 13 June 2018 For someone who's typically transparent with her fans, Grande's being quite cryptic about this rumor. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's Fans Think She's Been Wearing Her Engagement Ring for Days," 12 June 2018 Several parents in the room filled with more than 30 people told Berk the board should have been more transparent with parents about their financial burdens. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Cypress Academy voices concerns over Orleans School Board takeover," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of transparent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for transparent

Middle English, from Medieval Latin transparent-, transparens, present participle of transparēre to show through, from Latin trans- + parēre to show oneself

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English Language Learners Definition of transparent

: able to be seen through

: easy to notice or understand

: honest and open : not secretive


trans·par·ent | \trans-ˈper-ənt \

Kids Definition of transparent

1 : clear enough or thin enough to be seen through

2 : easily detected a transparent lie

Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb


trans·par·ent | \-ənt \

Medical Definition of transparent 

1 : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly

2 : allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (as X-rays or ultraviolet light)

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