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perspicuous

[per-spik-yoo-uh s] /pərˈspɪk yu əs/
adjective
1.
clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
Origin
1470-1480
1470-80; < Latin perspicuus transparent, equivalent to perspic-, stem of perspicere to look or see through (per- per- + -spicere, combining form of specere to look; see inspect) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix
Related forms
perspicuously, adverb
perspicuousness, noun
unperspicuous, adjective
unperspicuously, adverb
unperspicuousness, noun
Can be confused
perspicacious, perspicuous.
Synonyms
1. intelligible, plain, distinct, explicit.
Antonyms
1. obscure, indistinct.
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British Dictionary definitions for perspicuousness

perspicuous

/pəˈspɪkjʊəs/
adjective
1.
(of speech or writing) easily understood; lucid
Derived Forms
perspicuously, adverb
perspicuousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin perspicuus transparent, from perspicere to explore thoroughly; see perspective
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Word Origin and History for perspicuousness

perspicuous

adj.

late 15c., from Latin perspicuus "transparent, clear, evident," from perspicere "look through, look closely at" (see perspective). Related: Perspicuously; perspicuousness.

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