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Transpicuous

[trans-PIK-yoo-əs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid-17th century

1.

Transparent.

2.

Easily understood, lucid.

Examples of Transpicuous in a sentence

"After spring cleaning, my windows were transpicuous and sparkling."

"Your argument is well reasoned and transpicuous."

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About Transpicuous

Transpicuous means something is transparent, or can be seen through. It can be in a literal sense, as in a crystal-clear plate glass window, or you can use it in a more figurative sense. You’re trying to be transpicuous about your feelings for your new girlfriend. Either way, it’s easy to see.

Did you Know?

The Latin root for transpicuous is “transpicere,” meaning to look through, but “specere” on its own means to look or see. You might recognize a few other “seeing” words that share this origin. Conspicuous means attracting notice; inspect means to look at something closely.

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