perspicuous

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From Latin perspicuus, in turn from perspiciō (see through).

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perspicuous (comparative more perspicuous, superlative most perspicuous)

  1. Clearly expressed, easy to understand; lucid.
    • 1776, Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book I, Chapter 4,
      I am always willing to run some hazard of being tedious in order to be sure that I am perspicuous;
  2. (logic) Of a language or notation, such as that of formal propositional calculus: where the process of inference from premises to conclusion is explicitly laid out.
  3. (rare) Transparent; translucent.

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