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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
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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.
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(of speech or writing) easily understood; lucid
[C15: from Latin perspicuus transparent, from perspicere to explore thoroughly; see perspective]
perˈspicuously adv
perˈspicuousness n
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(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.
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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"
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[ˌpəˈspɪkjʊəs] ADJ (frm) → perspicuo
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adjeinleuchtend; (= clear) expression, statementklar, verständlich
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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. And to define the matter roughly, we may say that the proper magnitude is comprised within such limits, that the sequence of events, according to the law of probability or necessity, will admit of a change from bad fortune to good, or from good fortune to bad.
Of course, as everybody knows, when the bodily eyes are thus out of the lists, the spiritual eyes are uncommonly vivacious and perspicuous; and, therefore, there were abundance of full-length portraits of the ghost, abundantly sworn and testified to, which, as if often the case with portraits, agreed with each other in no particular, except the common family peculiarity of the ghost tribe,--the wearing of a white sheet.
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.
Amid modern India's persistent and perspicuous anxieties over Chinese motives, intentions and influence in Nepal, there has always been a small silent and serene constituency in New Delhi confident that all would be well once Nepalis got to know their northern neighbors better.
Only an author having a profound and uncanny understanding of human nature could have come up with such a perspicuous piece.
According to the simple analysis, a language is ideal--it allows for a maximally metaphysically perspicuous description of reality--just in case all its primitives are perfectly natural.
'There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous book' (V-15).
It is perspicuous that Israel's deplorable designs and heinous crimes in the occupied territory have thrived because of its hand-in-glove relationship with the US and the UK but now the turnabout from some Arab states and peace treaties with Israel have exacerbated the situation further.
Today, the foresaid sage appeal is now named as 'Bertrand Russell-Einstein Manifesto', which ends with the following perspicuous words: 'There lies before us, if we choose continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom.