the quality or state of being relatively free from obstruction or relatively unoccupied: The openness and the easy flow between the rooms make them appear larger.The vast openness of the desert stretched before us, broken only by cacti and spectacular rock formations.
the quality or state of being unrestricted or not able to be restricted: In this age of openness through satellite, cell phones, the internet, and social media, it may be possible to restrict or slow down the flow of information, but it is impossible to stop it.
the quality or state of being public or unconcealed: The foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit, is dedicated to using the power of the internet to achieve greater government openness and transparency.Many variables can have an impact on comparative growth rates, such as the size and openness of a country's economy.
the quality or state of being accessible or available:Canada’s openness to immigrants and familiar Frenchness made it more attractive to Haitians escaping political instability.
the quality of being receptive to new ideas, opinions, or arguments; open-mindedness: This calls for active listeners who do not wish to have their expectations confirmed, but who bring with them a certain curiosity and openness to the world.While avoiding overtly controversial work, the awards committee has displayed an openness to unconventional or even critical art.
an unreserved, candid, or frank manner: I suspect, but cannot prove, that my ongoing openness regarding the exaggerations, misstatements, and mischaracterizations in the company’s promotional materials led to my being fired.
- sem·i·o·pen·ness, noun
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How to use openness in a sentence
It requires less open connections and thus can be more efficient on your server when crawling your web pages.
Disrupt 2020 officially opens its virtual doors September 14 for five super-charged days of everything the early-stage startup community needs to build better, faster, stronger.
Of the 340 children who have gone through the center since it opened, about 40% came from a psychiatric hospital, with 10% or so of those children held beyond their release dates, Garza said.Hundreds of Children Are Stuck in Psychiatric Hospitals Each Year Despite the State’s Promises to Find Them Homes | by Duaa Eldeib | September 11, 2020 | ProPublica
In open-seat elections, we treat the candidate of the party that held the seat previously as the incumbent party.The Forecast: The Methodology Behind Our 2020 Election Model | Daniel Malloy | September 10, 2020 | Ozy
Thanks to two cleverly designed hinges, the Duo opens and closes silently and smoothly over a full 360 degrees.Review of the Microsoft Surface Duo folding phone: Very pretty but just how useful is it? | Aaron Pressman | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
This spatial displacement reveals your thirst for freedom, your desire for openness and to break with the protest novel.
Notice how he says it is Gore who rejects “openness” and “peer review.”If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday | Jonathan Alter | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now Gore stands alone in his dismissal of reform, openness, transparency and peer-review to ensure good science.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday | Jonathan Alter | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
openness might be a function of sexuality and gender, as well.Coming Out Kinky to Your Doctor, in Black and Blue | Heather Boerner | October 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Although he is passionately pro-life, he has expressed openness to civil unions in the past.South Dakota's Bizarre Four-Way (Senate Election, That Is) | Ben Jacobs | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The doctor smiled again at the boy's high-minded openness, which must have cost an effort of self-humiliation.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
She was careful to cherish in herself an openness to noble impressions and to the high poetry of nature and life.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
Though this pleasant precedent was shrewdly cited with all openness and apparent amity, Bradford refused the petition.William Bradford of Plymouth | Albert Hale Plumb
Besides, the present ease and openness of manner might only result from security.The Heir of Redclyffe | Charlotte M. Yonge
The innocent openness with which she expressed her affection for him confirmed him, he said, in his opinion.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10) | Maria Edgeworth