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Related to perspicuousness: additionally, unslakable, unnerving


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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Noun1.perspicuousness - clarity as a consequence of being perspicuous
clarity, clearness, limpidity, lucidity, lucidness, pellucidity - free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression


The quality of being clear and easy to perceive or understand:
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(A quick check with the online Dictionary of etymology reveals that the word perspicacious harks back to as early as 1630 and is derived from the Latin perspicax.) That said, I'm slowly coming around to the opinion that little Jamie is a mix of both perspicacity and perspicuousness, neither of which I can assure readers I possessed when I was a lad of six; and, truth be told, I'm not sure I possess any today!
One does not have to subscribe to a theory of ut pictura poesis to allow for an overlap of the possibilities of textual and visual exegesis, what W J T Mitchell has called the 'eloquence of images and perspicuousness of language' (1).
Moreover, such an understanding of narratives, so necessary for adequately grasping Scripture, can provide a response to thinkers like Monod or Dawkins who argue that, lacking this perspicuousness, we are compelled to the conclusion that there is no meaning or purpose at all to be found in this history, that we live in a cosmos profoundly at odds with our own desires and hopes for meaning.