Definition of lucid in English:

lucid

Syllabification: lu·cid
Pronunciation: /ˈlo͞osid
 
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adjective

1Expressed clearly; easy to understand: a lucid account write in a clear and lucid style
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  • It's written in very concrete language, very lucid, easy to understand.
  • Critics have noted his careful research, objectivity, and a lucid and understated but straightforward writing style.
  • The marketing effort, articulated in a lucid style, has been superb.
Synonyms
intelligible, comprehensible, understandable, cogent, coherent, articulate; clear, transparent; plain, simple, vivid, sharp, straightforward, unambiguous
formal perspicuous
1.1Showing ability to think clearly, especially in the intervals between periods of confusion or insanity: he has a few lucid moments every now and then
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  • However, during a lucid interval he did give instructions to plead, but, if they had the benefit of the reports now before the court, the defence would have opted for a different course of action.
  • Is it possible to conceive of madness without lucid intervals?
  • We have heard from several people that close relatives with Alzheimer's disease became amazingly lucid for short periods of time after receiving narcotic pain relievers.
Synonyms
rational, sane, in one's right mind, in possession of one's faculties, compos mentis, able to think clearly, balanced, clearheaded, sober, sensible
informal all there
1.2 Psychology (Of a dream) experienced with the dreamer feeling awake, aware of dreaming, and able to control events consciously.
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  • Maybe I'd be able to experience a lucid dream and explore the deeper, darker reaches of my mind.
  • Some skeptics do not believe that there is such a state as lucid dreaming.
  • I know I probably wasn't really awake… Maybe it was lucid dreaming?
2 literary Bright or luminous: birds dipped their wings in the lucid flow of air
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  • It is a lucid, bright day, and a lush tree looms across the window.
  • It is empty space, though space that is bright and lucid.
  • What a wonderful place the city had been to leave, as I looked down at it through the free and lucid air, the plane pitching in the thunderstorm which loomed as usual over Kenscoff.

Origin

late 16th century (sense 2): from Latin lucidus (perhaps via French lucide or Italian lucido), from lucere 'shine', from lux, luc- 'light'.

Derivatives

lucidity

Pronunciation: /lo͞oˈsidətē/
noun
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  • His popular books are a model of clarity and lucidity.
  • It is written with a great deal of intellectual grit, and its thesis is developed with considerable lucidity and eloquence.
  • If we can write well and articulate our views with lucidity, we may be close to meeting the solid connections with our audiences.

lucidly

adverb
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  • The entries are clearly and lucidly written, and informed both by careful architectural and historical analysis and by first-hand knowledge based on visits and inspections.
  • Though it's hard work to think precisely, lucidly, logically, it's also enormously invigorating.
  • You've lucidly described how a straight yes or no doesn't really work in response to the question ‘Is light a wave?’

lucidness

noun
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  • We judge our seriousness not only by the quality of our prose and lucidness of our arguments but by the caliber and seriousness of the enemies we choose to take on.
  • What's more, I'm not sure I can sufficiently emphasise the sheer lucidness of the moment: the hot stone pavement, the sun on my back, the leaf fragment between my fingers, the physics of the bee itself being moved by the leaf.
  • The first was a bi-polar gardener who often had extended periods of lucidness then relatively short lapses in memory and purpose.

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