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clarity

[klar-i-tee] /ˈklær ɪ ti/
noun
1.
clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.
2.
the state or quality of being clear or transparent to the eye; pellucidity:
the clarity of pure water.
Origin of clarity
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English clarite < Latin clāritās (see clear, -ity); replacing Middle English clarte < Middle French < Latin as above
Related forms
unclarity, noun
Synonyms
1. intelligibility, exactness, simplicity.
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  • It would trouble you to find many such passages in the other book, which is, moreover, not distinguished for clarity.

  • No dampness or phosphorus impaired the clarity of its walls.

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
  • How can a woman be lovelier than when most womanly, or more precious than when she reflects her own weakness in clarity of soul?

    Demos George Gissing
  • "Oh, no," she answered, turning on him the clarity of her glance.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • His pulse became quieter, and his brain increased in clarity.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
British Dictionary definitions for clarity

clarity

/ˈklærɪtɪ/
noun
1.
clearness, as of expression
2.
clearness, as of water
Word Origin
C16: from Latin clāritās, from clārusclear
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Word Origin and History for clarity
n.

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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