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  1. the quality of being open, honest, or straightforward:We appreciate the promptness and candidness with which the professor has addressed and apologized for his oversight.The book, despite its candidness about the grim realities of the situation, offers a message of hope and promise.

Origin of candidness


Other words from candidness

  • sub·can·did·ness, noun
  • su·per·can·did·ness, noun
  • un·can·did·ness, noun

Words Nearby candidness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use candidness in a sentence

  • The value of their joint production lies in this candidness.

  • He struck the final note in the candidness of the establishment, a priest whose ritual contained no mysteries.

    Jill the Reckless | P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • To-day there are certain recognized courtesies of speech, and kindliness has taken the place of candidness.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 | Lillian Eichler Watson
  • "I am not of your opinion, my dear Charlotte," objected John, whose candidness would have suffered under the reticence.

  • "You're not," she remonstrated with the candidness that John found later was so engaging.

    Spring Street | James H. Richardson