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candid

[ kan-did ]
/ ˈkæn dɪd /
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adjective

noun

an unposed photograph.

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Origin of candid

First recorded in 1620–30; (from French candide ) from Latin candidus “shining white,” equivalent to cand(ēre) “to be shining white” (akin to incense1) + -idus -id4
1. See frank1.
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British Dictionary definitions for candid

candid
/ (ˈkændɪd) /

adjective

frank and outspokenhe was candid about his dislike of our friends
without partiality; unbiased
unposed or informala candid photograph
obsolete
  1. white
  2. clear or pure
candidly, adverbcandidness, noun
C17: from Latin candidus white, from candēre to be white
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