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[trooth-fuh l] /ˈtruθ fəl/
telling the truth, especially habitually:
a truthful person.
conforming to truth:
a truthful statement.
corresponding with reality:
a truthful portrait.
Origin of truthful
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
1. honest, trustworthy; candid, frank. Unabridged
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  • He did not answer immediately, for he had to be judicious and not truthful.

    Adam Bede George Eliot
  • There may be much of what is fallible and human with what is truthful and divine.

  • The extreme care they took that their statements should be truthful is shown by the manner in which they compiled their books.

  • She had chosen the name of Christian, as the most truthful and expressive that she could take.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • Is it when expiating the shame of a falsehood that I should call upon men to accept me as truthful?

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for truthful


telling or expressing the truth; honest or candid
realistic: a truthful portrayal of the king
Derived Forms
truthfully, adverb
truthfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for truthful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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