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[klar-i-tee] /ˈklær ɪ ti/
clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.
the state or quality of being clear or transparent to the eye; pellucidity:
the clarity of pure water.
Origin of clarity
1300-50; Middle English clarite < Latin clāritās (see clear, -ity); replacing Middle English clarte < Middle French < Latin as above
Related forms
unclarity, noun
1. intelligibility, exactness, simplicity. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for clarity


clearness, as of expression
clearness, as of water
Word Origin
C16: from Latin clāritās, from clārusclear
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Word Origin and History for clarity

c.1300, clarte "brightness," from Old French clarté "clarity, brightness," from Latin claritas "brightness, splendor," also, of sounds, "clearness;" figuratively "celebrity, renown, fame," from clarare "make clear," from clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)). Modern form is early 15c., perhaps a reborrowing from Latin. Meaning "clearness" is from 1610s.

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