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candor

[kan-der] /ˈkæn dər/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness:
The candor of the speech impressed the audience.
2.
freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality:
to consider an issue with candor.
3.
Obsolete. kindliness.
4.
Obsolete. purity.
Also, especially British, candour.
Origin of candor
1350-1400
1350-1400 (for sense “extreme whiteness”); Middle English < Latin: radiance, whiteness; see candid, -or1
Synonyms
2. openness, frankness, honesty, truthfulness.
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candour

/ˈkændə/
noun
1.
the quality of being open and honest; frankness
2.
fairness; impartiality
3.
(obsolete) purity or brightness
Word Origin
C17: from Latin candor, from candēre to be white, shine
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Word Origin and History for candour
n.

chiefly British English spelling of candor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

candor

n.

"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."

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