vis·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌvi-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce visibility (audio) \
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
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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While there is broad consensus that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will announce a quarter-percentage-point rate cut on Wednesday, future visibility is considerably murkier. NBC News, "New math: Federal Reserve will lower rates this week, but future cuts are no sure thing," 17 Sep. 2019 That visibility on social media and in popular culture is important to Takei. Vera Castaneda, Los Angeles Times, "George Takei on his childhood in internment camps — and his faith in the future," 11 Sep. 2019 If the smoke visibility is fewer than 5 miles, the levels are unhealthy, according to public health officials. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Hunt fire in northwest Colorado grows to 2,300 acres," 8 Sep. 2019 Beyond the practical benefits of guardianship, increasing the visibility of gay Chinese is a long-term goal. The Economist, "Gay Chinese take a modest first step towards civil unions," 5 Sep. 2019 Though the visibility of LGBTQ business leaders such as Tim Cook and Peter Thiel is part of a rapidly changing corporate environment, LGBTQ individuals can still be fired just for being gay in a majority of states in America. Robert Kabeland And Jill Homan, Twin Cities, "Kabeland, Homan: Trump defends LGBTQ rights. He has our Log Cabin endorsement.," 17 Aug. 2019 This visibility of Wagyu and Akaushi is unique to our part of the state. Chuck Blount,, "Wagyu an easily found, upgraded beef-eating experience," 12 Aug. 2019 But Latino visibility is not a responsibility that should only fall on Latino communities. Graciela Mochkofsky, The New Yorker, "The Vital Importance of Learning to See Latinos in Trump’s America," 10 Aug. 2019 Our allies may take to social media and send their condolences and solidarity, but the visibility is too often blunted in our pain and trauma. Serena Sonoma, Vox, "Black trans women want the media to show them living, not just dying," 18 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce visibility (audio) \

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 How to pronounce visibility (audio) \
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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