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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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  • It was very lucky perhaps for me that in a way I was like a very sick man who has yet preserved all his lucidity.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • It has all the lucidity and charm of presentation we expect from this writer.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • And he pursued his thought with the tenacity of the drunkard, who concentrates upon one idea all the lucidity of mind left to him.

  • Indeed, the narrative style of the Ram is lacking in lucidity!

  • His statement of his position was admirable in its lucidity, its temper, and its courage.

  • But she was more and more all lucidity—save in so far as she was now almost all authority.

    The Outcry Henry James
  • They looked through him, as if they saw with a lucidity even more unendurable than his, what was going on in Tanqueray's soul.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • Let us see what Browning, subtle as few other men, thought of our lucidity.

    Browning's Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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