Definition of perspicuous in English:

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Pronunciation: /pərˈspikyo͞oəs/


1(Of an account or representation) clearly expressed and easily understood; lucid: it provides simpler and more perspicuous explanations than its rivals
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  • What the philosophers in question owe us is a perspicuous explanation of how there can be a class of entities which do not behave like particulars.
  • They appreciated the high seriousness and the perspicuous aspects of his intelligence, both evident in his books.
  • Montague suggested a perspicuous way to capture the principle of compositionality formally.
1.1(Of a person) able to give an account or express an idea clearly.
Example sentences
  • His was a perfectly balanced personality - tolerant, truthful, perspicuous and magnanimous.
  • He is now, though not wholly perspicuous, less enigmatic than he was at the beginning.



Pronunciation: /ˌpərspəˈkyo͞oədē/
Example sentences
  • Mr Gray's claims also contradict the principle of the perspicuity of Scripture - that the ordinary Christian can understand the Bible.
  • We believe in the authority, sufficiency, inspiration, perspicuity, inerrancy and providential preservation of the Scriptures.
  • My reply is that the increase in risk of error in accepting the conjunction is negligible and the gain in perspicuity in accepting the conjunction is considerable.


Pronunciation: /pərˈspikyo͞oəslē/
Example sentences
  • But I think that the reason is that we experience the effects of late capitalism more perspicuously.
  • It seeks, that is, not only to articulate and explicate - to perspicuously display - naturalism, but as well to give sound and rounded defence of naturalism.
  • My point, rather, is that the scholastic interpretation is just that, an interpretation-not a reading of what the text perspicuously says.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'transparent'): from Latin perspicuus 'transparent, clear' (from the verb perspicere 'look at closely') + -ous.

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Syllabification: per·spic·u·ous

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