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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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  • All that would be needful for the truthfulness of the record is, that it should be exercised in some way.

    Thoughts on a Revelation Samuel John Jerram
  • The masses were superior in the sincerity and truthfulness of their mores by the contrast.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • He would not willingly admit doubt of his father's truthfulness, yet the statement lacked all quality of conviction.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
  • "I'll tell you what the situation is," I said, with a false air of truthfulness.

    The Risk Profession Donald Edwin Westlake
  • But truthfulness is one of the most dangerous—why, this man is misleading you.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • truthfulness in work is as much demanded as truthfulness in speech.

    The Girl Wanted Nixon Waterman
British Dictionary definitions for truthfulness


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 truthfulness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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