Definition of visibility in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌvizəˈbilədē/


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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Syllabification: vis·i·bil·i·ty

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