What does transparency mean?

Definitions for transparency
trænsˈpɛər ən si, -ˈpær-trans·paren·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. transparency, transparencenoun

    permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation

  2. transparency, transparence, transparentnessnoun

    the quality of being clear and transparent

  3. foil, transparencynoun

    picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector


  1. transparencynoun

    a transparent object.

  2. transparencynoun

    specifically, a transparent material with an image on it, that is viewable by shining light through it.

  3. transparencynoun

    (figuratively) openness, degree of accessibility to view

  4. transparencynoun

    the quality of being transparent; transparence.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Transparencynoun

    Clearness; diaphaneity; translucence; power of transmitting light.

    Etymology: transparence, Fr. from transparent.

    A poet of another nation would not have dwelt so long upon the clearness and transparency of the stream; but in Italy one seldom sees a river that is extremely bright and limpid, most of them being muddy. Addison.

    Another cause is the greater transparency of the vessels occasioned by the thinness and delicacy of their coats. Arbuth.


  1. transparency

    Transparency refers to the quality or state of being transparent, which means being clear, open, and straightforward. In different contexts, it may signify the ability to easily see, understand or detect something. It often involves sharing information openly, truthfully, and in a way that's easy for others to understand. This can apply to various areas such as in business operations, government actions, or personal communication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transparencynoun

    the quality or condition of being transparent; transparence

  2. Transparencynoun

    that which is transparent; especially, a picture painted on thin cloth or glass, or impressed on porcelain, or the like, to be viewed by natural or artificial light, which shines through it

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Transparency

    trans-pār′en-si, n. the quality of being transparent: clearness: that which is transparent: a picture on semi-transparent material seen by means of light shining through, a positive picture on glass, to be viewed by transmitted light: a humorous translation of the German title Durchlaucht—also Transpār′ence.—adj. Transpār′ent, that may be distinctly seen through: clear.—adv. Transpār′ently.—n. Transpār′entness. [L. trans, through, parēre, to appear.]

Editors Contribution

  1. transparency

    The quality of being transparent.

    Transparency is vital within communities, families, society and government.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transparency in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transparency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of transparency in a Sentence

  1. Lisa McClain:

    Hunter Biden’s ties to foreign countries are not only concerning, but dangerous to our national security, we need some transparency from the White House on what foreign entities the Biden family continues to profit from.

  2. Owen Barder:

    Development-friendly policies on trade, transparency, the environment and in many other areas are a win-win for both rich and poor.

  3. Shamed Dogan:

    Transparency is the friend, not the enemy of good policing.

  4. Laura Cooper:

    Executive orders in lieu of congressional action is not a sustainable means of achieving and instituting change. Being pro reform and being supportive of law enforcement are not mutually exclusive and the MCCA hopes that any executive action taken will reflect a balance between improving law enforcement transparency and best practices while being supportive of the men and women who protect and serve our cities.

  5. Tony Clement:

    It's the ultimate hypocrisy to promise more openness, promise more transparency than the previous government ... and the way we find out about the deal going through and the export permits being signed is through court documentation.

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