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straightforward

[streyt-fawr-werd] /ˌstreɪtˈfɔr wərd/
adjective
1.
going or directed straight ahead:
a straightforward gaze.
2.
direct; not roundabout:
a straightforward approach to a problem.
3.
free from crookedness or deceit; honest:
straightforward in one's dealings.
adverb
4.
Also, straightforwards. straight ahead; directly or continuously forward.
Origin of straightforward
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; straight + forward
Related forms
straightforwardly, adverb
straightforwardness, noun
unstraightforward, adjective
Synonyms
1. undeviating, unswerving.
Antonyms
1, 2. devious.
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Examples from the Web for straightforward
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  • Has finished the fourth form: is straightforward and obliging.

  • His eyes are brown, pleasant, set wide apart, straightforward of expression.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The question is the usual plain, straightforward, common-sense question.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He looked honest and straightforward and he evidently meant what he said.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He does not shuffle or prevaricate, dodge or skulk; but is honest, upright, and straightforward.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for straightforward

straightforward

/ˌstreɪtˈfɔːwəd/
adjective
1.
(of a person) honest, frank, or simple
2.
(mainly Brit) (of a task, etc) simple; easy
adverb, adjective
3.
in a straight course
Derived Forms
straightforwardly, adverb
straightforwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for straightforward
adj.

1550s, from straight (adj.1) + forward. In reference to language, from 1806.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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