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[kan-der] /ˈkæn dər/
the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness:
The candor of the speech impressed the audience.
freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality:
to consider an issue with candor.
Obsolete. kindliness.
Obsolete. purity.
Also, especially British, candour.
Origin of candor
1350-1400 (for sense “extreme whiteness”); Middle English < Latin: radiance, whiteness; see candid, -or1
2. openness, frankness, honesty, truthfulness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • How much we should gain, were candor as universal as concealment!

  • She did not resent my candor; she paid absolutely no attention to it.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • candor forced him to admit that he should not like it at all.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Here we are, sitting by the fire in all frankness and candor.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Where there is candor there are at least no disappointments.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
Word Origin and History for candor

"openness of mind, impartiality, frankness," c.1600, from Latin candor "purity, openness," originally "whiteness," from candere "to shine, to be white" (see candle). Borrowed earlier in English (c.1500) with the Latin literal sense "extreme whiteness."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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