Definition of nontransparent in US English:



  • 1Not able to be seen through; opaque.

    ‘a work rendered in nontransparent acrylic’
    • ‘Observers, however, revealed some irregularities, including the use of wooden and thus non-transparent ballot boxes and a weakened solution of phosphoric ink.’
    • ‘If you are quite concerned with privacy, buy a roomy, non-transparent poncho.’
    • ‘Outside, non-transparent surfaces are clad in copper.’
    • ‘The puppets were made from donkey skins, which were thick and non-transparent.’
    • ‘Look at the surface of a swimming pool, for example - a shiny white, non-transparent surface.’
    • ‘I wrote over 300 of these questions down on individual 3 x 5 cards, which were then sealed in nontransparent envelopes and placed in a large dark-green bag.’
    • ‘Try to wear loose-fitting, non-transparent clothing when in public.’
    non-transparent, cloudy, filmy, blurred, smeared, hazy, misty, dirty, dingy, muddy, muddied, grimy, smeary
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  • 2(of an organization or its activities) not open to public scrutiny.

    ‘the grant allocation process remains nontransparent and unclear’
    • ‘This has led to a very complex and completely non-transparent pricing model.’
    • ‘The process has been discriminatory and extremely non-transparent.’
    • ‘In politics and in Government, if we run risks of discrimination or if we run risks of murky, non-transparent systems, we will get corruption.’
    • ‘First, the overall mode of state functioning, policymaking, and governance is top-down, nontransparent, and rigidly hierarchical.’
    • ‘Organised crime controls a considerable part of the economy, and public property is transferred in a non-transparent manner to dubious commercial companies.’
    • ‘Are we in a brave new world where democracy is the swansong for a regime of non-accountability, a non-transparent regime?’
    • ‘These restrictions are manifested primarily in a registration process that is selective, slow, and nontransparent.’
    • ‘There was some ongoing survey work, but it was very unsatisfactory because it was haphazard, had no mechanisms for cross-checking and was completely non-transparent.’
    • ‘The problem with industry self-regulation is that it can be undemocratic and non-transparent.’
    • ‘The donors and the international community have been kept in the dark and the government's non-transparent activities are on the rise.’
    • ‘The procedures and finances of the company are totally non-transparent.’
    • ‘These restrictions were manifested mainly through a registration process that was selective, slow and non-transparent.’
    obscure, unclear, dense, uncertain, indeterminate, mysterious, puzzling, perplexing, baffling, mystifying, confusing, enigmatic, inexplicable, unexplained, concealed, hidden, unfathomable, incomprehensible, impenetrable, vague, ambiguous, delphic, indefinite, indistinct, hazy, foggy, nebulous, equivocal, doubtful, dubious, oblique, elliptical, oracular, cryptic, deep, abstruse, recondite, arcane, esoteric, recherché
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