- frank; outspoken; open and sincere: a candid critic.
- free from reservation, disguise, or subterfuge; straightforward: a candid opinion.
- informal; unposed: a candid photo.
- honest; impartial: a candid mind.
- Archaic. white.
- Archaic. clear; pure.
- an unposed photograph.
Origin of candid
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Examples from the Web for candidly
“When I got there the resources were so limited,” she says, candidly.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
Norquist did, though, candidly note that, “there are outliers always willing to give a self-destructive quotation.”The Gettysburg of the GOP Civil War
February 15, 2014
Rather explains: “I wanted to tell it as honestly and as candidly as I could with—as Lyndon Johnson used to say—the bark off.”Dan Rather Outspoken: Still Battling CBS News
April 30, 2012
"He [Wisner] was able to talk to Mubarak candidly; he gave his best counsel to Mubarak," said one official.White House: Nothing We Can Do about the Egypt Revolt
February 4, 2011
Bruni candidly writes of his weight struggles, which included bulimia, laxative abuse, and junk-food binges.Frank Bruni Revealed
August 18, 2009
I like you for entering so candidly and so kindly into the story of ma chlre amie.The Letters of Robert Burns
I candidly confessed to my husband, that my love was extinguished.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Candidly, he was attempting to convey the impression that I had taken a drop too much.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
“Not meaning any offense, it was something like that,” said Sucatash, candidly.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
This is ingenious, but her proof, after that, is (as she candidly admits) "clumsy and roundabout."A Tangled Tale
- frank and outspokenhe was candid about his dislike of our friends
- without partiality; unbiased
- unposed or informala candid photograph
- clear or pure
Word Origin and History for candidly
1620s, "white," from Latin candidum "white; pure; sincere, honest, upright," from candere "to shine," from PIE root *kand- "to glow, to shine" (see candle). In English, metaphoric extension to "frank" first recorded 1670s (cf. French candide "open, frank, ingenuous, sincere"). Of photography, 1929. Related: Candidly; candidness.