Definition of transparency in English:

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Pronunciation: /tranˈspar(ə)nsi/
Pronunciation: /trɑːnˈspar(ə)nsi/ Pronunciation: /tranˈspɛːr(ə)nsi/
Pronunciation: /trɑːnˈspɛːr(ə)nsi/

noun (plural transparencies)

1 [mass noun] The condition of being transparent: the transparency of ice
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  • Demands for greater financial transparency were resisted at every turn.
  • Hopefully, this legislation will bring greater transparency in these transactions.
  • A single currency will also increase price transparency and thus highlight price differences still existing between Member States.
translucency, lucidity, pellucidity, limpidness, limpidity, glassiness, liquidity, clearness, clarity
rare transpicuousness
clarity, clearness, lucidity, straightforwardness, plainness, obviousness, explicitness, unambiguity, unambiguousness
rare transpicuousness
blatantness, flagrancy, obviousness, patentness, manifestness, barefacedness, shamelessness, brazenness, boldness, unmistakableness, clearness, clarity, plainness, visibility, distinctness, apparentness, perceptibility, discernibility, palpability
frankness, openness, candidness, honesty, directness, forthrightness, unreservedness, plain-spokenness, straightness, straightforwardness, ingenuousness, innocence, guilelessness, simplicity
2A positive transparent photograph printed on transparent plastic or glass, able to be viewed using a slide projector: colour transparencies of the Grand Canyon
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  • She then presents the photographs as transparencies in light-boxes.
  • Documentation can take the form of written language transcriptions, audiotapes, photographs, videotapes, video prints, overhead transparencies, and children's productions.
  • Electronic images, transparencies and glossy prints are acceptable.
slide, diapositive;
photograph, photo, picture, snap, image, portrait, print, plate, film, exposure, still


Late 16th century (as a general term denoting a transparent object): from medieval Latin transparentia, from transparent- 'shining through' (see transparent).

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