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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
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unclarity, noun
1. intelligibility, exactness, simplicity. Unabridged
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  • It would trouble you to find many such passages in the other book, which is, moreover, not distinguished for clarity.

  • clarity and simplicity have been the objects kept constantly in view.

  • 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
  • There was a magnificence of vigor in my body, and a magnificence of vision and clarity in my brain.

    The Coming of the Ice G. Peyton Wertenbaker
  • His pulse became quieter, and his brain increased in clarity.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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