Definition of transparency noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//trænsˈpærənsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈpærənsi//
    (pl. transparencies)
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  1. 1(informal tranny) [countable] a picture printed on a piece of film, usually in a frame, that can be shown on a screen by shining light through the film synonym slide an overhead transparency (= used with an overhead projector)
  2. 2[uncountable] the quality of something, such as glass, that allows you to see through it
  3. 3[uncountable] the quality of something, such as an excuse or a lie, that allows somebody to see the truth easily They were shocked by the transparency of his lies.
  4. 4[uncountable] the quality of something, such as a situation or an argument, that makes it easy to understand a need for greater transparency in legal documents The police reforms will ensure greater transparency and accountability.
  5. Word Originlate 16th cent. (as a general term denoting a transparent object): from medieval Latin transparentia, from transparent- ‘shining through’, from Latin transparere, from trans- ‘through’ + parere ‘appear’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: transparency