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[viz-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌvɪz əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
the state or fact of being visible.
the relative ability to be seen under given conditions of distance, light, atmosphere, etc.:
low visibility due to fog.
Also called visual range. Meteorology. the distance at which a given standard object can be seen and identified with the unaided eye.
the ability to give a relatively large range of unobstructed vision:
a windshield with good visibility.
Typography. legibility (def 2).
Origin of visibility
1575-85; < Late Latin vīsibilitās, equivalent to Latin vīsibili(s) visible + -tās -ty2
Related forms
intervisibility, noun
nonvisibility, noun, plural nonvisibilities.
previsibility, noun Unabridged
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  • Remember we are only now considering the question of visibility in the design.

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  • Three feet above the half-body, the Professor's head had flashed into visibility.

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  • Its visibility is gone—the gates of hell have prevailed against it.

  • As I said, visibility refraction doesn't work right in their case.

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  • By six o'clock the visibility was down to three or four ship's lengths at most.

British Dictionary definitions for visibility


the condition or fact of being visible
clarity of vision or relative possibility of seeing
the range of vision: visibility is 500 yards
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Word Origin and History for visibility

c.1400, "condition of being visible," from Late Latin visibilitas (see visible). Meaning "range of vision under given conditions" is from 1914. Sense of "prominence, fame, public attention" is recorded from 1958.

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