AskDefine | Define clarity

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1 free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression [syn: lucidity, pellucidity, clearness, limpidity] [ant: unclearness, obscureness]
2 the quality of clear water; "when she awoke the clarity was back in her eyes" [syn: clearness, uncloudedness] [ant: opacity]

User Contributed Dictionary



From clarté.


  1. The state, or measure of being clear, either in appearance, thought or style; lucidity



Extensive Definition

Clarity is the property of being clear or transparent.
Clarity can refer to one's ability to clearly visualize an object or concept, as in thought, understanding, and the "mind's eye", as well as the traditional notion of visual perception, that is, with the actual eyes. Clarity may also refer more broadly to 'perspicacity', the Zen concept of 'no mind', or other terms denoting general clear and unperplexed cognition.
As a technical term of photography and imaging, clarity refers to sharpness and image resolution.
As a technical term of some other fields, such as gemology and brewing, clarity refers to the property of transmitting light with minimal scattering.
Clarity can also refer to:
  • Clarity (song), the title of a song by John Mayer on the 2003 album Heavier Things.
  • The "Clarity" magic spell in the online game EverQuest

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Atticism, accuracy, admission of light, appropriateness, articulateness, articulation, atmospheric visibility, care, ceiling, ceiling unlimited, chasteness, chastity, classicalism, classicism, clear coast, clear road, clear-cutness, clearness, coherence, comeliness, comprehensibility, connectedness, consistency, conspicuity, conspicuousness, correctitude, correctness, crystal-clearness, crystallinity, definiteness, definition, diaphaneity, diaphanousness, dignity, directness, discrimination, distinction, distinctness, ease, easiness, easy going, effortlessness, elegance, elegancy, evidence, evidentness, exactitude, explicitness, facileness, facility, felicitousness, felicity, filminess, finish, fittingness, flow, flowing periods, fluency, freedom, fussiness, gauziness, glassiness, glasslikeness, good taste, gossameriness, grace, gracefulness, gracility, high visibility, highroad, intelligibility, lack of hindrance, limpidity, low visibility, lucidity, manifestness, meticulousness, naturalness, neatness, nicety, nonopacity, obviousness, patentness, pellucidity, percipi, perspicuity, plain English, plain sailing, plain speech, plain style, plainness, plane sailing, polish, precision, prominence, propriety, purity, refinement, restraint, royal road, seeing, seemliness, sheerness, show-through, simplicity, smooth road, smooth sailing, smoothness, straight sailing, straightforwardness, structure, taste, tastefulness, terseness, thinness, transmission of light, transparence, transparency, transpicuity, transpicuousness, unadorned style, unaffectedness, unambiguousness, uncloudedness, uncomplexity, uncomplicatedness, understandability, unequivocalness, unmistakableness, visibility unlimited, visibility zero, vitreosity, vitreousness, vitrescence
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