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v. clar·i·fied, clar·i·fy·ing, clar·i·fies
1. To make clear or easier to understand; elucidate: clarified her intentions.
2. To clear of confusion or uncertainty: clarify the mind.
3. To make clear by removing impurities or solid matter, as by heating gently or filtering: clarify butter.
To become clear.

[Middle English clarifien, from Old French clarifier, from Late Latin clārificāre : Latin clārus, clear; see clear + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]

clar′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
clar′i·fi′er n.
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Adj.1.clarifying - that makes clear; "a clarifying example"
instructive, informative - serving to instruct or enlighten or inform
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Hill is a notoriously "difficult" poet (the word hangs around Hill criticism like a noxious smoke) but Williams writes clearly and clarifyingly about Hill's poetry, and about Hill's equally difficult prose.
Peter shares with Fiske some conception of the "objectivity" of history, his massive formal experiment would seem to signal a kind of liberation of sensibility, a clarifyingly new way of seeing the history of the Spanish in America.