adjective tran·spic·u·ous \tran(t)s-ˈpi-kyə-wəs\

Definition of transpicuous

  1. :  clearly seen through or understood

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Transpicuous is derived from the Latin word transpicere, meaning "to look through." "Transpicere," in turn, is a formation that combines trans-, meaning "through," and "specere," a verb meaning "to look" or "to see." If you guessed that "transpicuous" is related to "conspicuous," you're correct. It's also possible to see a number of other "specere" descendants in English, including "aspect," "circumspect," "expect," "inspect," "perspective," and "suspect." Another descendant of "specere," and a close synonym of "transpicuous," is "perspicuous," which means "clear and easy to understand," as in "a perspicuous argument." ("Per-," like trans-, means "through.") There's also perspicacious, meaning "keen and observant." (You might say that "perspicuous" and "transpicuous" mean "able to be seen through," whereas perspicacious means "able to see through.")

Origin and Etymology of transpicuous

New Latin transpicuus, from Latin transpicere to look through, from trans- + specere to look, see — more at spy

First Known Use: 1638

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capable of being understood in two ways

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