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clearly expressed; lucid, plain, distinct: perspicuous building, explicit, intelligible: an intelligible report
Not to be confused with:
perspicacious – discerning; perceptive: a perspicacious observation; acute; shrewd; penetrating


1. Clearly expressed or presented; easy to understand: perspicuous prose.
2. Expressing oneself clearly and effectively: a perspicuous lecturer.
3. Discerning; perspicacious.

[From Latin perspicuus, from perspicere, to see through; see perspicacious.]

per·spic′u·ous·ly adv.
per·spic′u·ous·ness n.


(of speech or writing) easily understood; lucid
[C15: from Latin perspicuus transparent, from perspicere to explore thoroughly; see perspective]
perˈspicuously adv
perˈspicuousness n


(pərˈspɪk yu əs)

clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
[1470–80; < Latin perspicuus transparent =perspic-, s. of perspicere to look or see through (per- per- + -spicere, comb. form of specere to look; see inspect) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous]
per•spic′u•ous•ly, adv.
per•spic′u•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.perspicuous - (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable; "writes in a limpid style"; "lucid directions"; "a luculent oration"- Robert Burton; "pellucid prose"; "a crystal clear explanation"; "a perspicuous argument"
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
clear - readily apparent to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature"


[ˌpəˈspɪkjʊəs] ADJ (frm) → perspicuo


adjeinleuchtend; (= clear) expression, statementklar, verständlich
References in classic literature ?
But the limit as fixed by the nature of the drama itself is this: the greater the length, the more beautiful will the piece be by reason of its size, provided that the whole be perspicuous.
For a mind so perspicuous as that of D'Artagnan, this indulgence was a light by which he caught a glimpse of a better future.
Philosophers have long thought that one way of making our metaphysics clearer to ourselves is by a priori reflection on our language and by attempting to devise a perspicuous formal language which is ideal for the purpose of revealing to us the metaphysical structure which we take the world to have.
On a second reading, mental language is not for Ockham logically perspicuous in this sense.
Some art may indeed give understanding 'gained by a perspicuous study of human motivation', but it is doubtful if rhetorical analysis of invariant structures and of tropes can help us prove that such understanding has been achieved and conveyed.
It upsets what would otherwise be perspicuous and simple models of rational decision making.
His own writing (to employ contemporary terms) is perspicuous, nervous, and easy.
Some authors do not even manage to introduce their topic in a perspicuous manner, and the point of their paper only dawns on the reader gradually through repeated reading.
With respect to the periodical publications of many of these works, Cohen and Dillingham provide, both in their introduction and in their headnotes, many insightful and perspicuous observations concerning how these periodicals--magazines such as the Southern Literary Messenger and William T.
When he steps back into his departmental warren to do literary criticism, editorializing is moot, because he can speak only to issues perspicuous to a literary critical audience (no matter how much these issues pretend to signify beyond the world of literary criticism).
But this perspicuous discourse logic is scrambled by the singular sense palpably presupposed for [zera.
Here is one of his perspicuous observations upon the pathology of the moral life: ".