/perr'spi kyooh"i tee/, n.
1. clearness or lucidity, as of a statement.
2. the quality of being perspicuous.
[1470-80; < L perspicuitas. See PERSPICUOUS, -ITY]
Syn. 1. clarity, plainness, intelligibility. 2. transparency. 3. PERSPICUITY, PERSPICACITY are both derived from a Latin word meaning "to see through." PERSPICACITY refers to the power of seeing clearly, to clearness of insight or judgment: a person of acute perspicacity; the perspicacity of his judgment. PERSPICUITY refers to something that can be seen through, i.e., to lucidity, clearness of style or exposition, freedom from obscurity: the perspicuity of her argument.
Ant. 2. dimness, opacity.

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