vis·i·bil·i·ty | \ˌvi-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
plural visibilities

Definition of visibility 

1 : the quality or state of being visible

2a : the degree of clearness (as of the atmosphere or ocean) specifically : the greatest distance through the atmosphere toward the horizon at which prominent objects can be identified with the naked eye

b : capability of being readily noticed

c : capability of affording an unobstructed view

d : publicity sense 2d

3 : a measure of the ability of radiant energy to evoke visual sensation

Examples of visibility in a Sentence

The extra publicity helped to increase the company's visibility.

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Fox also was frustrated by the restaurant’s lack of visibility, despite its proximity to the busy intersection of York Road and Ogden Avenue. Kimberly Fornek,, "Fox's restaurant in Hinsdale closed; 'I tried so hard to make it work,' owner says," 12 July 2018 The reason: lack of visibility Rather, the reason is Melania Trump’s near invisibility while campaigning – and her relatively low profile role as first lady. Brian Frederick, Washington Post, "Why Melania Trump isn’t as popular as Laura Bush or Michelle Obama," 15 June 2018 Monday’s announcement followed a period of relatively high visibility for a first lady who once had a scant public presence around the White House. Darlene Superville,, "First lady launches campaign for well-being of children," 7 May 2018 It's been an off-season of visibility for Rodgers, including a visit to the Dalai Lama in India as part of a philanthropic trip to the country, a promotional event alongside Madison pro golfer Jerry Kelly. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's Aaron Rodgers vs. Chris Paul in golf event that will feature stars from NFL and NBA," 25 Apr. 2018 Killdeer typically build their nests on the ground, in open areas with good visibility. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Nesting Bird Nearly Derailed a Canadian Music Festival," 28 June 2018 Forecasters warn that the morning and evening commutes could be affected by the rain, and motorists should be prepared to deal with visibility issues and ponding of water on roadways. Emily Sweeney,, "Tuesday will be a beautiful summer day," 26 June 2018 Play fetch at the lake, or in it, with this soft, floating foam disc designed in Bend, Oregon, for easy retrieval and visibility. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Summer-themed toys for your four-legged friends," 26 June 2018 The mobility and visibility of the RV challenged people’s instincts to procrastinate. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Destination: Healthy Skin mobile RV comes to Houston," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of visibility

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of visibility

: the ability to see or be seen

: the quality or state of being known to the public


vis·i·bil·i·ty | \ˌvi-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Kids Definition of visibility

: the ability to see or be seen The bad weather caused poor visibility on the roads. Bright clothing increased the hunter's visibility.


vis·i·bil·i·ty | \ˌviz-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē \
plural visibilities

Medical Definition of visibility 

1 : the quality or state of being visible

2 : a measure of the ability of radiant energy to evoke visual sensation

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