Perspicuous Per*spic"u*ous, a. [L. perspicuus, from perspicere to look through. See {Perspective}.] 1. Capable of being through; transparent; translucent; not opaque. [Obs.] --Peacham. [1913 Webster]

2. Clear to the understanding; capable of being clearly understood; clear in thought or in expression; not obscure or ambiguous; as, a perspicuous writer; perspicuous statements. ``The purpose is perspicuous.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster] -- {Per*spic"u*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Per*spic"u*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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