- frank; outspoken; open and sincere: a candid critic.
- free from reservation, disguise, or subterfuge; straightforward: a candid opinion.
- informal; unposed: a candid photo.
- honest; impartial: a candid mind.
- Archaic. white.
- Archaic. clear; pure.
- an unposed photograph.
Origin of candid
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Examples from the Web for candidness
But even he was surprised by the candidness of the final version.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
November 16, 2014
The setting, of course, is designed to allow an air of candidness, away from the Capitol Hill cameras and partisan zingers.Obama’s Golf Diplomacy
June 17, 2011
It feels more like a peace offering than a warning, a casual gesture signifying her candidness.Patti Smith's Private World
January 7, 2010
"You're not," she remonstrated with the candidness that John found later was so engaging.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
The value of their joint production lies in this candidness.The Political Future of India
He struck the final note in the candidness of the establishment, a priest whose ritual contained no mysteries.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
To-day there are certain recognized courtesies of speech, and kindliness has taken the place of candidness.Book of Etiquette, Volume 2
Lillian Eichler Watson
- frank and outspokenhe was candid about his dislike of our friends
- without partiality; unbiased
- unposed or informala candid photograph
- clear or pure
Word Origin and History for candidness
1620s, "white," from Latin candidum "white; pure; sincere, honest, upright," from candere "to shine," from PIE root *kand- "to glow, to shine" (see candle). In English, metaphoric extension to "frank" first recorded 1670s (cf. French candide "open, frank, ingenuous, sincere"). Of photography, 1929. Related: Candidly; candidness.