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truthful

[trooth-fuh l] /ˈtruθ fəl/
adjective
1.
telling the truth, especially habitually:
a truthful person.
2.
conforming to truth:
a truthful statement.
3.
corresponding with reality:
a truthful portrait.
Origin of truthful
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; truth + -ful
Related forms
truthfully, adverb
truthfulness, noun
overtruthful, adjective
overtruthfully, adverb
overtruthfulness, noun
quasi-truthful, adjective
quasi-truthfully, adverb
semitruthful, adjective
semitruthfully, adverb
semitruthfulness, noun
Synonyms
1. honest, trustworthy; candid, frank.
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  • Livingston, moreover, had dined just unwisely enough to be truthful.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • All sacredness and sweetness, all that was pure and brave and truthful, seemed to rest in her.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Ah, the truthful glass betrayed the weak point in her armor—the boots.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • I am not nearly as truthful a person as I thought I was until I met you.

  • It is safe to say that there is not a truthful Indian in Labrador.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for truthful

truthful

/ˈtruːθfʊl/
adjective
1.
telling or expressing the truth; honest or candid
2.
realistic: a truthful portrayal of the king
Derived Forms
truthfully, adverb
truthfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for truthful
adj.

1590s, from truth + -ful. Related: Truthfully; truthfulness.

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