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outright

[adjective out-rahyt; adverb out-rahyt, -rahyt] /adjective ˈaʊtˌraɪt; adverb ˈaʊtˈraɪt, -ˌraɪt/
adjective
1.
complete or total:
an outright loss.
2.
downright or unqualified:
an outright refusal.
3.
without further payments due, restrictions, or qualifications:
an outright sale of the car.
4.
Archaic. directed straight out or on.
adverb
5.
completely; entirely.
6.
without restraint, reserve, or concealment; openly:
Tell me outright what's bothering you.
7.
at once; instantly:
to be killed outright.
8.
without further payments due, restrictions, or qualifications:
to own the house outright.
9.
Archaic. straight out or ahead; directly onward.
Origin of outright
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at out, right
Related forms
outrightness, noun
Synonyms
5. downright, utterly, altogether, thoroughly.
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Examples from the Web for outright
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  • Why don't you say outright that you want me to marry Mabel Lanfarne?

  • That thought has manned me and upheld me when anguish was near to slaying me outright.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • I refused him outright, and of course, he couldn't believe it.

    We're Friends, Now Henry Hasse
  • No wild hope of love would prevent him, now, from killing me outright.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • You do that because you daren't say outright you mean to have everything your own way.

British Dictionary definitions for outright

outright

adjective (prenominal) (ˈaʊtˌraɪt)
1.
without qualifications or limitations: outright ownership
2.
complete; total: an outright lie
3.
straightforward; direct: an outright manner
adverb (ˌaʊtˈraɪt)
4.
without restrictions: buy outright
5.
without reservation or concealment: ask outright
6.
instantly: he was killed outright
7.
(obsolete) straight ahead or out
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Word Origin and History for outright
adv.

c.1300, "completely, entirely; openly, directly; at once, without hesitation," from out (adv.) + right (adj.1)). Meaning "all at once" is attested from c.1600. As an adjective, "direct, downright," from 1530s.

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