What does transparency mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. transparency, transparence(noun)

    permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation

  2. transparency, transparence, transparentness(noun)

    the quality of being clear and transparent

  3. foil, transparency(noun)

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


  1. transparency(Noun)

    a transparent object.

  2. transparency(Noun)

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

  3. transparency(Noun)

    (figuratively) openness, degree of accessibility to view

  4. transparency(Noun)

    the quality of being transparent; transparence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transparency(noun)

    the quality or condition of being transparent; transparence

  2. Transparency(noun)

    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. Dag Hammarskjold:

    You are the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does. If you seek yourself, you rob the lens of its transparency. You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency, your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end, and remain purely as a means.

  2. Carly Fiorina:

    I think that Bill Clinton is saying what Hillary Clinton has said on many occasions: 'Just trust us,' trust is earned through transparency.

  3. Sebastian Coe:

    I think it should be cleared up once and for all how sick this is, there is a huge lack of morals and transparency that is wrong and unacceptable.

  4. Julia Sass Rubin:

    These revelations speak to the general lack of transparency around the PARCC tests, the lack of an open, deliberative process, and the exclusion of parents and other community members from any decision-making, we need hearings on this immediately, to understand fully the level of spying on our children that is being done by Pearson and other corporations, and the level of coordination between Pearson and the NJDOE. We encourage the NJDOE to suspend the May testing round until those questions can be addressed.

  5. Daw Thein Thein Tun:

    There are more people this time compared to 2010, there is more regulation, and this time there is more openness and transparency.

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