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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And the sea's silty, cold waters made visibility almost nonexistent for the intrepid few who wanted to explore the medieval ruins.
  • For that reason he deserves to rediscovered and to reclaim his old visibility.
  • Set the container in a high-visibility area, such as on a patio or beside an entry.
  • To begin, plant a single perennial in a large pot to display in a high-visibility area.
  • If privacy depends on an expectation of invisibility, the expectation of visibility is what defines a public space.
  • In fact, this is about the best visibility we've had this summer.
  • Such businesses lack glamour and visibility but can be highly profitable.
  • If there is no long-term visibility for that position, any well-managed company will opt for a contractor.
  • Arguments for elected mayors tend to turn on their visibility.
  • Star visibility is improved by clean, dry air and viewing from high elevations.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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