The condition of being clear or transparent is transparency. The transparency of your car's windshield might be affected by how badly your car needs to be washed.

Something has transparency if you can see through it, like the ice on the top of a frozen lake or a glass. Transparency can also refer to a figurative kind of clearness or openness, which is what people mean when they talk about "government transparency." If you can see clearly, without anything being hidden, what you're looking at (or through) has transparency. Its root is the Latin word transparentem, which means "see light through."

Definitions of transparency
  1. noun
    the quality of being clear and transparent
    synonyms: transparence, transparentness
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    limpidity, pellucidity, pellucidness
    passing light without diffusion or distortion
    type of:
    clarity, clearness, uncloudedness
    the quality of clear water
  2. noun
    picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
    synonyms: foil
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    lantern slide, slide
    a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector
    overhead, viewgraph
    a transparency for use with an overhead projector
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    icon, ikon, image, picture
    a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
  3. noun
    permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation
    synonyms: transparence
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    the phenomenon of not permitting the passage of electromagnetic radiation
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    physical phenomenon
    a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
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