perspicuity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n perspicuity clarity as a consequence of being perspicuous
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Perspicuity Sagacity; perspicacity.
    • Perspicuity The quality of being perspicuous to the understanding; clearness of expression or thought.
    • Perspicuity The quality or state of being transparent or translucent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n perspicuity The quality of being perspicuous or transparent; that quality of a substance which renders objects visible through it; transparency; clearness.
    • n perspicuity The quality of being clear to the mind, or easily apprehended or understood; clearness to mental vision; freedom from obsurity or ambiguity; that quality of writing or language which readily presents to the mind of another the precise ideas of the author; clearness.
    • n perspicuity Synonyms Perspicuity, Lucidity, Clearness, Plainness. These words, as expressing a quality of style, suggest much of their original meaning. Perspicuity is the quality by which the meaning can be see through the words, transparency. Lucidity expresses the same idea, or the other meaning of lucid, that of the radiation or shining forth of the idea from language. Clearness may have two aspects, corresponding to the clearness with which one sees an object as separate from other things, or to the clearness of water when it is not darkened in any way. plainness rests upon the idea that nothing rises up to intercept one's view of the thought; it therefore implies, as the others do not, a simpler and homelier diction, etc. Clearness or perspicuity is the common heading for that department of rhetoric which treats of intelligibility in methods of expression.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Perspicuity state of being perspicacious: clearness in expressing ideas so as to make them easily understood by others: freedom from obscurity
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. perspicuitas,: cf. F. perspicuité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perspicax, perspicacisperspicĕre, to see through.

Usage

In literature:

This practice imparts ease and perspicuity, and it teaches that writing ought to be and may be as little difficult as conversation.
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
His literature is perspicuous and clear.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
Is my style too perspicuous?
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
As a poet, Pringle is chiefly remarkable for elegance of versification, perspicuity of sentiment, and deep and generous feeling.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
It was from Duroc, and was much more perspicuous than polite.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
This was a loss, both in the way of theoretical correctness and perspicuity.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
The whole argument is conducted in simple and unpretending language, with great perspicuity, and scrupulous attention to logical form.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
I will, and as briefly and perspicuously as possible.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Each subject is displayed, in a new method, with perspicuity, conciseness, simplicity, and classic taste.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
She compared the trim, bird-like perspicuity and wing-flap gestures of Rev.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
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In poetry:

What newness once suggested to,
Now clearer reason doth improve my view;
By novelty my soul was taught
At first, but now reality my thought
Inspires; and I Perspicuously Each way instructed am by sense,
Experience, reason, and intelligence.
"Right Apprehension" by Thomas Traherne

In science:

In this paper, a perspicuous description of their formalism is offered and their claim assessed.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
The bald question ‘where is the information throughout this protocol?’ does not, in this case, invite answers with sufficient articulation for a perspicuous description of what is going on.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
While the success of the installation of gauge freedom is already now evident at the Lagrangian level, it can be displayed perspicuously using the Hamiltonian also.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
Remark that all the properties stated in Theorem 1.2 and its corollaries, as well as the defining properties (comp) and (diag), are particular (and perspicuous ) cases of the Transfer Principle.
A simple algebraic characterization of nonstandard extensions
The third version, shown in column (iii), supports a more perspicuous interpretation of each level- generalizer's contribution to the class predictions than do the other two.
Issues in Stacked Generalization
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