Definition of perspicuous in US English:



  • 1(of an account or representation) clearly expressed and easily understood; lucid.

    ‘it provides simpler and more perspicuous explanations than its rivals’
    • ‘This is a simple but perspicuous consequence of the Cartesian doctrine of sensible qualities and its conception of matter.’
    • ‘What the philosophers in question owe us is a perspicuous explanation of how there can be a class of entities which do not behave like particulars.’
    • ‘They appreciated the high seriousness and the perspicuous aspects of his intelligence, both evident in his books.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the import of these qualifications has been less than perspicuous.’
    • ‘Montague suggested a perspicuous way to capture the principle of compositionality formally.’
    clear, transparent, glassy, glass-like, crystal clear, crystalline, see-through, translucent, pellucid, unclouded, uncloudy
    clear, lucid, crystal clear, limpid, pellucid, unambiguous, plain, understandable, transparent, comprehensible, intelligible, clearly expressed
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) able to give an account or express an idea clearly.
      • ‘He is now, though not wholly perspicuous, less enigmatic than he was at the beginning.’
      • ‘His was a perfectly balanced personality - tolerant, truthful, perspicuous and magnanimous.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘transparent’): from Latin perspicuus ‘transparent, clear’ (from the verb perspicere ‘look at closely’) + -ous.