from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Easily understood or seen through: transpicuous motives.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Easily construed or seen through.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Transparent; pervious to the sight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Transparent; pervious to the sight.


From New Latin trānspicuus, from Latin trānspicere, to see through : trāns-, trans- + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin word, trānspicuus ("transparent"). (Wiktionary)



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  • That's English for you. ;-)

    November 14, 2007

  • I don't see how this adds to conspicuous or transparent.

    November 14, 2007

  • clearly seen through or understood

    Example sentence: Although the reporter claimed to be merely curious, her motives were quite transpicuous; it was clear that she was hunting a story.

    November 13, 2007