Definition of visibility in English:


Syllabification: vis·i·bil·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌvizəˈbilitē


  • 1The state of being able to see or be seen: a reduction in police presence and visibility on the streets
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    • Last week we reported that the police planned a more ‘high level, high visibility presence to tackle street crime’.
    • Brooks has been able to increase visibility and increase sales with minimum impact on her pocketbook.
    • People demand greater Garda visibility and presence on the streets at night.
  • 1.1The distance one can see as determined by light and weather conditions: visibility was down to 15 yards
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    • Most accidents in the past two months were the result of poor visibility because of rainy conditions, she said.
    • The information may also be passed on to divers, who are working in arduous conditions, battling poor weather and visibility as well as up to four metres of silt.
    • The rear lights have adaptive infrared control which adjusts the brightness of the LED diodes to match visibility and weather conditions.
  • 1.2The degree to which something has attracted general attention; prominence: the issue began to lose its visibility
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    • Her visibility attracts plenty of attention at the post office from coworkers and customers, she says.
    • Women's eNews today has a commentary on the lack of visibility of prominent women in the media.
    • By giving use and visibility to the general usage of metadata, there's an incentive to converge on the same vocabulary.


late Middle English: from French visibilite or late Latin visibilitas, from Latin visibilis (see visible).

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