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English definition of “transparent”


adjective    /trænˈspær·ənt, -ˈspeər-/
(of a substance) allowing light through so that objects can be clearly seen through it: Those transparent plastic boxes are called jewel boxes. Transparent also means obvious: The real reason for her leaving was so transparent, no one believed it.
(Definition of transparent adjective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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