Definition of clarity in English:


Line breaks: clar|ity
Pronunciation: /ˈklarɪti


[mass noun]
  • 1The quality of being clear, in particular:
  • 1.1The quality of being coherent and intelligible: for the sake of clarity, each of these strategies is dealt with separately
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    • For the sake of clarity, pathways have been simplified.
    • This is not to say I have to like the construction; in writing-instructor mode, I can and do encourage writers to avoid it for the sake of clarity.
    • However, for the sake of clarity, let me make the following point.
  • 1.2The quality of being easy to see or hear; sharpness of image or sound: the clarity of the picture
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    • The sharpness and clarity of the images is pleasing to the eye.
    • What is lost in the translation to the small screen is compensated for in the sharpness and clarity of the DVD images.
    • I found the image quality excellent; with a degree of sharpness and clarity I did not expect from a film of this age.
  • 1.3The quality of being certain or definite: it was clarity of purpose that he needed
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    • A well-posed problem is a problem that can be stated with enough clarity and definiteness that it is guaranteed a solution.
    • How many people will have seen such displays and will be impressed by the certainty and clarity of the definite statements made by ‘science’?
    • Such debates, it seems to me, have not so much contributed to greater clarity or definition of the terms, but rather served only to cloud and confuse the issues.
  • 1.4The quality of transparency or purity: the crystal clarity of water
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    • To maintain the water's clarity and purity, this wilderness area employs ingenious purification methods.
    • Clear minerals reflect all the colours of the spectrum and symbolize purity, clarity and wholeness.
    • However, the real goal of alchemical work is not to obtain material gold, but spiritual gold: a state of enormous power, clarity, and purity.
    limpidity, limpidness, clearness, transparency, translucence, pellucidity, glassiness; purity
    rare transpicuousness


Middle English (in the sense 'glory, divine splendour'): from Latin claritas, from clarus 'clear'. The current sense dates from the early 17th century.

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