Definition of visibility in English:

visibility

noun

  • 1The state of being able to see or be seen.

    ‘a reduction in police presence and visibility on the streets’
    • ‘Surely, the more people on the march, the stronger the presence and visibility, the better?’
    • ‘Measures already in place include extra security at the station, including high visibility patrols by police and community support officers.’
    • ‘These lights enhance your visibility especially in severe weather conditions.’
    • ‘He said residents of Thornhill had expressly asked for greater visibility of police on their estate.’
    • ‘His works from small to large, are arranged to have maximum visibility and viewing comforts.’
    • ‘Last week we reported that the police planned a more ‘high level, high visibility presence to tackle street crime’.’
    • ‘Police have investigated reports of robbery and stone throwing, and in October 2000 the park was given high visibility policing.’
    • ‘Parking attendants could be badged as street wardens too, and there could be high visibility, branded vehicles.’
    • ‘The group says that parked cars on one side of Devonshire Street appear to be impeding visibility for vehicles pulling out of Suresnes Road.’
    • ‘If they are wearing dark clothes or costumes, add reflective material to improve their visibility to motorists.’
    • ‘Street wardens might not have the power or status of the police, but they will have visibility.’
    • ‘The new measures to increase police visibility were put to the Home Office in a report by the Police Superintendents' Association.’
    • ‘Brooks has been able to increase visibility and increase sales with minimum impact on her pocketbook.’
    • ‘The near-zero visibility of police personnel on the streets is one of the factors that prompt robbers to strike on busy roads.’
    • ‘People demand greater Garda visibility and presence on the streets at night.’
    • ‘Police have returned to patrol local streets on foot and on bikes after sustained community pressure for higher visibility policing.’
    • ‘But last night the area was swamped with youth workers, while Humberside Police maintained high visibility patrols.’
    • ‘A reflective vest increases your visibility significantly when you are out of the car.’
    • ‘What was most remarkable was the presence and visibility of the top brass from the organizations participating.’
    • ‘This also improved visibility from the flight deck during taxiing and takeoff.’
    blatantness, flagrancy, obviousness, patentness, manifestness, barefacedness, shamelessness, brazenness, boldness, unmistakableness, clearness, clarity, plainness, distinctness, apparentness, perceptibility, discernibility, palpability
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    1. 1.1 The distance one can see as determined by light and weather conditions.
      ‘visibility was down to 15 yards’
      • ‘Airborne ash can diminish visibility, damage flight control systems and may cause engine failure.’
      • ‘Motorists should be particularly wary of spray from other vehicles reducing visibility and the possibility of aquaplaning on roads slick with water.’
      • ‘The rear lights have adaptive infrared control which adjusts the brightness of the LED diodes to match visibility and weather conditions.’
      • ‘Always check weather and visibility with a local dive centre before setting off.’
      • ‘We were below the weather, with good visibility, but the field wasn't there.’
      • ‘State what were the conditions of sea, weather and visibility at the time of the accident.’
      • ‘The system even accommodates reduced visibility in changing light conditions thanks to a rain/light sensor.’
      • ‘‘It's important you have clear visibility of other vehicles on the road and that they can see you,’ he said.’
      • ‘It was raining and the light was poor, but underwater visibility wasn't bad.’
      • ‘Regional Airport was 7,000 ft overcast with seven miles visibility in light rain.’
      • ‘Wet weather and poor visibility increases the need to have items like brakes and tyres in perfect working order.’
      • ‘You will dive in calm conditions in which poor visibility is made up for by the abundance of macro wildlife.’
      • ‘The information may also be passed on to divers, who are working in arduous conditions, battling poor weather and visibility as well as up to four metres of silt.’
      • ‘As visibility decreased dramatically, transport in the capital became virtually impossible and accidents multiplied.’
      • ‘The weather is unpredictable and visibility can often be poor.’
      • ‘With clear skies and unlimited visibility, weather was not determined to be a factor.’
      • ‘Most accidents in the past two months were the result of poor visibility because of rainy conditions, she said.’
      • ‘Path clear in good weather, but poor visibility would require OS Explorer map and compass.’
      • ‘The howling wind and driving rain had created zero visibility conditions.’
      • ‘As well as the obvious increased air pollution and reduced visibility, local bushfires are a potential health concern.’
      sight, perspective, field of vision, range of vision, vision, eyeshot
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    2. 1.2 The degree to which something has attracted general attention; prominence.
      ‘the issue began to lose its visibility’
      • ‘The prestige and visibility of the White House gives them a powerful natural advantage.’
      • ‘Can these structures retain their radical visibility and accessibility within political contexts?’
      • ‘Growing cultural visibility reflects very real changes in the status of homosexuality throughout the Western world.’
      • ‘An unlikely tenet of her new strategy: boost the visibility of prominent blacks and other minorities.’
      • ‘Women's eNews today has a commentary on the lack of visibility of prominent women in the media.’
      • ‘It has given us a degree of visibility to the public and given reassurance to the passengers and the company itself.’
      • ‘Her visibility attracts plenty of attention at the post office from coworkers and customers, she says.’
      • ‘Monsanto knows better than any other corporation the costs of visibility.’
      • ‘City pages of newspapers are filled with high visibility advertisements for new products.’
      • ‘Women have worked to gain recognition, access, and visibility in the leadership ranks of higher education.’
      • ‘Cyber security has grown in importance and visibility, and political clout.’
      • ‘By giving use and visibility to the general usage of metadata, there's an incentive to converge on the same vocabulary.’
      • ‘It will also be good for the company's visibility in general.’
      • ‘The Internet allows individuals to maintain a Web site and have the same global visibility as a major corporation.’
      • ‘Indeed, today, storage management has such prominence and visibility that it is now seen to be a major focus of corporate attention.’
      • ‘A disproportionate amount of the lower visibility general assignment positions have historically gone to women and minorities.’
      • ‘Besides shocking me, it got me to thinking about the value of various types of products and their visibility in use.’
      • ‘We use them as a marketing office, to talk about the products and create some visibility.’
      • ‘The group has many attractions, notably its high visibility, industry leading presence and devout customer loyalty.’
      • ‘Because of her visibility, she is no longer able to work as an undercover agent.’
      fame, celebrity, eminence, pre-eminence, importance, distinction, greatness, note, notability, prestige, stature, standing, position, rank, renown, repute, illustriousness, acclaim, influence, account, consequence
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Origin

Late Middle English: from French visibilite or late Latin visibilitas, from Latin visibilis (see visible).

Pronunciation

visibility

/ˌvɪzəˈbɪlədi//ˌvizəˈbilədē/