Synonyms & Antonyms of perspicuous

not subject to misinterpretation or more than one interpretation
  • believing that poetry need not be as perspicuous as prose, he writes poems that are intentionally ambiguous

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How does the adjective perspicuous differ from other similar words?

The words clear and lucid are common synonyms of perspicuous. While all three words mean "quickly and easily understood," perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear.

a perspicuous style

When is clear a more appropriate choice than perspicuous?

While the synonyms clear and perspicuous are close in meaning, clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity.

clear instructions

When might lucid be a better fit than perspicuous?

In some situations, the words lucid and perspicuous are roughly equivalent. However, lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement.

a lucid explanation

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The first known use of perspicuous was in 1570

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“Perspicuous.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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