View synonyms for outright


[ adjective out-rahyt; adverb out-rahyt, -rahyt ]


  1. complete or total:

    an outright loss.

  2. downright or unqualified:

    an outright refusal.

  3. without further payments due, restrictions, or qualifications:

    an outright sale of the car.

  4. Archaic. directed straight out or on.


  1. completely; entirely.

    Synonyms: thoroughly, altogether, utterly, downright

  2. without restraint, reserve, or concealment; openly:

    Tell me outright what's bothering you.

  3. at once; instantly:

    to be killed outright.

  4. without further payments due, restrictions, or qualifications:

    to own the house outright.

  5. Archaic. straight out or ahead; directly onward.



  1. without qualifications or limitations

    outright ownership

  2. complete; total

    an outright lie

  3. straightforward; direct

    an outright manner


  1. without restrictions

    buy outright

  2. without reservation or concealment

    ask outright

  3. instantly

    he was killed outright

  4. obsolete.
    straight ahead or out

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Other Words From

  • outrightness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of outright1

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; out, right

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Example Sentences

For each turn, you actually had less than a 50 percent chance of winning outright, since there was a nonzero chance of a mini “War” in which their card had a matching rank, leaving you and your opponent to split the leftover probability.

Like many others, he mixed criticism with outright falsehoods.

Initially, she had set her sights on breaking Jennifer Pharr-Davis’s 2011 mark of 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes—which was the outright record until Scott Jurek broke it in 2015—but chronic shin splints got in the way.

It would be one thing if they were just an outright deniers of the virus’s lethality and threat.

This was a tactic by lawmakers, Peer said, because an outright ban would most likely not pass.

Occasionally, guys and girls admitted outright they were looking for a potential significant other.

We must not interpret gains as an outright victory—nothing could be more dangerous.

Fiquet has been largely overlooked, if not outright disdained, by critics and art historians.

Fully 88 percent of us either identify outright or lean to a party, 47 percent Democrat and 41 percent Republican.

Inhofe is not just a climate-change denier; he is a warrior for corporate-funded half-truths and outright lies.

Accordingly, as soon as they saw our Priests they refused outright to let the ship sail if the Jesuits were to embark in it.

Gwynne laughed outright, and for the first time without resentment; he was tired of having California "rammed down his throat."

Margaret laughed outright and her laughter was so inoffensive and so musical that the Chief Inspector laughed also.

Are you going to throw off the mask outright, and become a bad husband as well as a neglectful one?

You may go hence if your courage fails you outright; but I'll throw up the bridge and entrench myself within these walls.


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