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They debated over the perspicuity of the translation.
  (of language) clearly expressed so that it is easily understood
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  • They debated over the perspicuity of the translation.
  • I’d like her perspicuous mind on our team.
  • She makes a perspicuous argument.
  • 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.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • But, as it happened, there was seldom occasion for it, there being but little cloudy weather, and scarce any fog in those parts; the stars were always visible in the night, and the shore perspicuous by day, except in the rainy season, which confined every one to his habitation.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I must have read very perspicuously, or the poor soul must have been deeply interested, for I remember she had a cloudy impression, after I had done, that they were a sort of vegetable.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • 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.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Yet on the first time that he deliberately looked again toward the house, he felt a shocking surge and fall of blood; then he knew that he had been afraid all the time that she would be in sight, that she had been watching him all the while with that perspicuous and still contempt; he felt a sensation of sweating, of having surmounted an ordeal.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Joe recited this couplet with such manifest pride and careful perspicuity, that I asked him if he had made it himself.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • At this moment there was a solid mass of people standing staring at one particular house or shop and it took little perspicuity to guess which that was.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders

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  • Without entering into the discussion, he took occasion to talk to me about the manner of my writing; observed that, though I had the advantage of my antagonist in correct spelling and pointing (which I ow’d to the printing-house), I fell far short in elegance of expression, in method and in perspicuity, of which he convinced me by several instances.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • It was William Dobbin’s task to muse upon these movements of Amelia’s, and to watch her heart; and if his love made him divine almost all the feelings which agitated it, alas! he could see with a fatal perspicuity that there was no place there for him.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • His understanding lies, I think, rather in seeing large things largely than correctly…… In the conduct of affairs he may perhaps be able to take so comprehensive a view as to render invention and expedient unnecessary, but were they to become necessary, I think he would fail in these—and I am not clear as to the first, or whether much of his reputation may not arise from a very firm and decisive tone suited to the times, with a clear and perspicuous elocution.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It took no great perspicuity on his part to see that.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • It required no great perspicuity, Madeline thought, to see that Stillwell loved to talk, and the way he squared himself and spread his huge hands over his knees suggested that he meant to do this opportunity justice.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • To conclude, The Light of humane minds is Perspicuous Words, but by exact definitions first snuffed, and purged from ambiguity; Reason is the Pace; Encrease of Science, the Way; and the Benefit of man-kind, the End.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Perspicuity, therefore, requires not only that the ideas should be distinctly formed, but that they should be expressed by words distinctly and exclusively appropriate to them.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Such As Are Perspicuous The Perspicuity, consisteth not so much in the words of the Law it selfe, as in a Declaration of the Causes, and Motives, for which it was made.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • A good Law is that, which is Needfull, for the Good Of The People, and withall Perspicuous.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Certain, when he that pretendeth the Science of any thing, can teach the same; that is to say, demonstrate the truth thereof perspicuously to another: Uncertain, when onely some particular events answer to his pretence, and upon many occasions prove so as he sayes they must.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • For such Protectors, Vice-Roys, and Governours, have no other right, but what depends on the Soveraigns Will; and no Commission that can be given them, can be interpreted for a Declaration of the will to transferre the Soveraignty, without expresse and perspicuous words to that purpose.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Such As Are Perspicuous The Perspicuity, consisteth not so much in the words of the Law it selfe, as in a Declaration of the Causes, and Motives, for which it was made.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • He that is to govern a whole Nation, must read in himselfe, not this, or that particular man; but Man-kind; which though it be hard to do, harder than to learn any Language, or Science; yet, when I shall have set down my own reading orderly, and perspicuously, the pains left another, will be onely to consider, if he also find not the same in himselfe.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It belongeth therefore to the Office of a Legislator, (such as is in all Common-wealths the Supreme Representative, be it one Man, or an Assembly,) to make the reason Perspicuous, why the Law was made; and the Body of the Law it selfe, as short, but in as proper, and significant termes, as may be.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Lastly, though I reverence those men of Ancient time, that either have written Truth perspicuously, or set us in a better way to find it out our selves; yet to the Antiquity it self I think nothing due: For if we will reverence the Age, the Present is the Oldest.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • 21,22) more perspicuously delivered in these words, "For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
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Associated words [difficulty]:   perspicuous [9] , perspicacity [8]
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