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[frangk-nis] /ˈfræŋk nɪs/
plainness of speech; candor; openness.
Origin of frankness
First recorded in 1545-55; frank1 + -ness
Related forms
prefrankness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Count me in, please," said Blanche, in her usual vein of frankness.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • "And that's a lie," Gene amended, with the frankness of a foster-brother.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Mr Dorrit could erect no—hum—suspicion of that kind on Mr Gowan's frankness.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The Abb was pleased with the idea, and with the frankness and firmness of our young hero.

  • You complimented me on my frankness, you know,' he added, laughing.

  • At this, Nani for a moment became quite gay in all frankness.

  • His presence and air had the appearance of frankness, ingenuousness, and manly confidence.

    Imogen William Godwin
Word Origin and History for frankness

1550s, from frank (adj.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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