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clearly expressed; lucid, plain, distinct: perspicuous building, explicit, intelligible: an intelligible report
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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.]
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(of speech or writing) easily understood; lucid
[C15: from Latin perspicuus transparent, from perspicere to explore thoroughly; see perspective]
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per•spic•u•ous(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]
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|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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perspicuous[ˌpəˈspɪkjʊəs] ADJ (frm) → perspicuo
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