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straightforward

[streyt-fawr-werd]
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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
  1. Also straight·for·wards. straight ahead; directly or continuously forward.

Origin of straightforward

First recorded in 1800–10; straight + forward
Related formsstraight·for·ward·ly, adverbstraight·for·ward·ness, nounun·straight·for·ward, adjective

Synonyms

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1. undeviating, unswerving.

Antonyms

1, 2. devious.
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Examples from the Web for straightforwardness

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Historical Examples

  • He, thanking the Lacedaemonians for their straightforwardness, withdrew.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • She could not overlook the impression he conveyed of rugged honesty and straightforwardness.

    Nobody

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • It has the same simplicity and straightforwardness as Greek sculpture.

  • There is a boldness, a straightforwardness, an honesty in this challenge, which cannot be mistaken.

  • He had learnt that honesty and straightforwardness get rid of any difficulties.


British Dictionary definitions for straightforwardness

straightforward

adjective
  1. (of a person) honest, frank, or simple
  2. mainly British (of a task, etc) simple; easy
adverb, adjective
  1. in a straight course
Derived Formsstraightforwardly, adverbstraightforwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for straightforwardness

straightforward

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper