Definition of clarity in English:

clarity

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality of being coherent and intelligible.

    ‘for the sake of clarity, each of these strategies is dealt with separately’
    • ‘The administration has enunciated this position with admirable clarity in its new national security strategy.’
    • ‘Others use mantras or chanting, which relax the nervous system and enhance mental clarity.’
    • ‘For clarity's sake, check your statements for implicit assumptions.’
    • ‘Every story was different, but each found an increase in energy levels and improved mental clarity.’
    • ‘For the sake of clarity, it is worth pointing out that where a lead of a plain suit has been trumped by the second player to a trick and the third to play also has no cards in the suit led, then the third player must still overtrump if possible.’
    • ‘However, for the sake of clarity, let me make the following point.’
    • ‘We reiterate the procedure here for the benefit of interested researchers and for clarity of presentation.’
    • ‘For clarity's sake: all those doping products are medicines that are being abused.’
    • ‘For the sake of clarity, the cavities are represented as identical spheres, without taking into account their actual dimensions and shapes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Could someone please shed clarity on this matter?’
    • ‘What contributes to the quality of this work is its clarity of exposition and organization.’
    • ‘There is a certain lack of clarity in terms of the breadth of the title and what it contains.’
    • ‘For clarity's sake, let's restate the positions.’
    • ‘The letter before action set out the facts and law with admirable clarity.’
    • ‘Let's redraft that line again for the sake of clarity.’
    • ‘For the sake of clarity the differences between the nonbonded parameters among the three force fields are reported in Table 1.’
    • ‘Good for thinking things through and getting clarity on confusing issues.’
    • ‘But for the sake of clarity and brevity, I think I'll just respond to a few of his points directly’
    • ‘For the sake of clarity, pathways have been simplified.’
    lucidity, lucidness, clearness, perspicuity, intelligibility, comprehensibility, coherence
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    1. 1.1 The quality of being certain or definite.
      ‘it was clarity of purpose that he needed’
      • ‘Third, we need conceptual clarity on the type of crime we wish to see reduced.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now here is the decisive evidence that Clint Eastwood is one of those directors who gains depth, clarity and focus as the years advance.’
      • ‘Of course, I readily admit that those who disagree thought they were the ones providing moral clarity.’
      • ‘These two books, both of which have their roots in academia, show that no such clarity about the definition of building intelligence exists.’
      • ‘The division will meet next week to get some clarity on the issue.’
      • ‘Do you have the clarity of vision to distinguish a gun from a camera?’
      • ‘However, the seminar lacked focus and clarity.’
      • ‘The first step is to provide a clarity of purpose.’
      • ‘We need now the same clarity of vision for our country.’
      • ‘What ‘the other side’ needs is clarity, focus, a simple message, a good leader, a couple of tricks up their sleeves and a bit of luck.’
      • ‘How many people will have seen such displays and will be impressed by the certainty and clarity of the definite statements made by ‘science’?’
      • ‘You have a great way with words, and a true clarity on the issue at hand.’
      • ‘A well-posed problem is a problem that can be stated with enough clarity and definiteness that it is guaranteed a solution.’
      • ‘The system provides clarity of purpose, ownership, defined responsibility and authority, and efficient use of resources.’
      • ‘Nearly five years later, with the perfect clarity of hindsight, it appears the Bruins made the right decision.’
      • ‘You have crystal clarity of mind and look squarely at truths and situations to conquer your fears and adversaries.’
      • ‘It has reassessed its philosophy, vision, mission, values and goals, to give it greater clarity of focus and purpose.’
      • ‘The history of the region should bring moral clarity as well.’
      • ‘But achieving moral clarity often requires hiding certain realities.’
  • 2The quality of transparency or purity.

    ‘the crystal clarity of water’
    • ‘The table might also represent purity and clarity of mind since the white cloth gives the table the aspect of an altar.’
    • ‘The NAS report says it is unlikely that the federal plan will restore those grass beds or improve water clarity.’
    • ‘White represents the transcendental feeling of purity and clarity.’
    • ‘However, the real goal of alchemical work is not to obtain material gold, but spiritual gold: a state of enormous power, clarity, and purity.’
    • ‘You need to look for color, transparency and clarity.’
    • ‘Exceptional water clarity, which is a norm for the northwest Hawaiian region, facilitated effectiveness of the underwater observations.’
    • ‘So, a gem may be clean and clear with great clarity, but there may be obscure inclusions within it.’
    • ‘This was a lead-based glass, comparable in its brilliance and clarity to fine rock crystal.’
    • ‘The purest examples of calcite, however, are transparent, with perfect crystal form and clarity.’
    • ‘Clear minerals reflect all the colours of the spectrum and symbolize purity, clarity and wholeness.’
    • ‘Carat is the universal measure of the diamond and clarity indicates its purity.’
    • ‘Greater numbers of bacteria can break down organic matter more quickly, improving water quality and clarity while reducing sludge and odors in record time.’
    • ‘Such purity and clarity strike us as a beautiful thing.’
    • ‘To maintain the water's clarity and purity, this wilderness area employs ingenious purification methods.’
    • ‘The water clarity was superb but it was still almost dark.’
    • ‘All of these variables reduce the amount of flow, which could affect water quality and clarity.’
    limpidity, limpidness, clearness, transparency, translucence, pellucidity, glassiness
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    1. 2.1 The quality of being easy to see or hear; sharpness of image or sound.
      ‘the clarity of the picture’
      • ‘Later we tried real leaves and they gave great clarity of texture and lines.’
      • ‘Sound effects such as gunshots lack clarity and sharpness.’
      • ‘A picture's clarity depends on the sharpness of contrast of its boundaries.’
      • ‘While a voice can be heard with intimate clarity, the space ‘sounds’ every bit as large as it actually is.’
      • ‘I found the image quality excellent; with a degree of sharpness and clarity I did not expect from a film of this age.’
      • ‘Overall, the sharpness and clarity of the picture is quite remarkable for a film that has not been restored to pristine condition.’
      • ‘And the audio CD's I have burnt have worked flawlessly and with perfect quality and clarity to the sound.’
      • ‘Except now it has the crystal clarity of digital production.’
      • ‘You could immediately see the difference in the clarity of the images you printed.’
      • ‘The pared-down clarity of these images has the paradoxical effect of making them seem almost abstract.’
      • ‘The sharpness and clarity of the images is pleasing to the eye.’
      • ‘Dialogue is well balanced with the music, which is rendered with admirable clarity.’
      • ‘What is lost in the translation to the small screen is compensated for in the sharpness and clarity of the DVD images.’
      • ‘For him virtuosity per se is not so important as the quality and clarity of sound.’
      • ‘Optical resolution - a measurement of image clarity - is the most important parameter to measure.’
      • ‘Imaging conditions were chosen to minimize sample damage and optimize image clarity.’
      • ‘He marveled at the clarity of the thermal image in front of him.’
      • ‘In that movie, spy satellites provided moving images of precise clarity of any desired location instantaneously.’
      • ‘The image has brilliant clarity, with just the right amount of film grain.’
      • ‘It measures the amount of heat emitted by objects and creates images of sufficient clarity to distinguish between cars, trees and people.’
      sharpness, clearness, crispness, definition, distinctness, precision
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

clarity

/ˈklarɪti/