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lucid

[loo-sid] /ˈlu sɪd/
adjective
1.
easily understood; completely intelligible or comprehensible:
a lucid explanation.
2.
characterized by clear perception or understanding; rational or sane:
a lucid moment in his madness.
3.
shining or bright.
4.
clear; pellucid; transparent.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin lūcidus, equivalent to lūc-, stem of lūx light1 + -idus -id4
Related forms
lucidity, lucidness, noun
lucidly, adverb
nonlucid, adjective
nonlucidly, adverb
nonlucidness, noun
unlucid, adjective
unlucidly, adverb
unlucidness, noun
Synonyms
1. plain, understandable, evident, obvious. 2. sound, reasonable. 3. radiant, luminous. 4. limpid.
Antonyms
1, 4. obscure. 2. irrational. 3. dim.
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Examples for lucidly
  • Many people have never taken a biology course that dealt with evolution nor read a book in which the theory was lucidly explained.
  • The evidence is lucidly presented, in both words and images.
  • Although hardly definitive, it is still an excellent book, well researched and lucidly written.
  • Indeed, it is difficult to hypothesize how the insurer could more lucidly have defined the acts in question.
  • The samples should demonstrate the applicant's ability to clearly and lucidly communicate complex ideas to the public.
  • In addition, the actor can lucidly provide a critique of the negotiator and enhance the training experience overall back to top.
British Dictionary definitions for lucidly

lucid

/ˈluːsɪd/
adjective
1.
readily understood; clear
2.
shining or glowing
3.
(psychiatry) of or relating to a period of normality between periods of insane or irresponsible behaviour
Derived Forms
lucidity, lucidness, noun
lucidly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin lūcidus full of light, from lūx light
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Word Origin and History for lucidly

lucid

adj.

1590s, "bright, shining," from Latin lucidus "light, bright, clear," figuratively "perspicuous, lucid, clear," from lucere "to shine," from lux (genitive lucis) "light," from PIE root *leuk- "to shine, be bright" (see light (n.)). Sense of "easy to understand" first recorded 1786. Lucid interval "period of calm or temporary sanity" (1580s) is from Medieval Latin lucida intervalla (plural), which was common in medieval English legal documents (cf. non est compos mentis, sed gaudet lucidis intervallis). Related: Lucidly; lucidness (1640s).

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