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lucidity

[loo-sid-i-tee] /luˈsɪd ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality of being easily understood, completely intelligible, or comprehensible:
She makes her argument with pointed logic and exemplary lucidity.
2.
the ability to see things clearly; rationality; sanity:
In a rare moment of lucidity, the senator sided with his political enemies for the good of the country.
Sometimes, lucidness.
Related forms
nonlucidity, noun
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  • Often while thinking that they understand economic reality with total lucidity.
  • He's at his scariest when he's having a fit of relative lucidity.
  • But he paints them so attentively and with such a lovingly sensuous touch that the images have a breathtaking lucidity.
  • We went to sleep, and her lucidity wasn't around the next morning.
  • Instead, he opted for clean, continent performances of refreshing lucidity.
  • Cata favors sleek dancers capable of moving with speed and lucidity.
  • Yes, if the refined lucidity of his prose is a measure.
  • Almost all of them are desperate, although some show signs of lucidity despite their condition.
  • Demise, after a short period of lucidity, can proceed rapidly due to intracranial bleeding.
  • Critical essays that thus add vigor to lucidity arouse and delight our minds.
Word Origin and History for lucidity
n.

1650s, "brightness," from French lucidité, from Late Latin luciditas, from lucidus (see lucid). Meaning "intellectual clarity" attested by 1851.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lucidity in Medicine

lucidity lu·cid·i·ty (lōō-sĭd'ĭ-tē)
n.
Clarity, especially mental clarity.

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