[ adjective out-rahyt; adverb out-rahyt, -rahyt ]
/ adjective ˈaʊtˌraɪt; adverb ˈaʊtˈraɪt, -ˌraɪt /



Origin of outright

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at out, right
Related formsout·right·ness, noun
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adjective (ˈaʊtˌraɪt) (prenominal)

without qualifications or limitationsoutright ownership
complete; totalan outright lie
straightforward; directan outright manner

adverb (ˌaʊtˈraɪt)

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Word Origin and History for outright



c.1300, "completely, entirely; openly, directly; at once, without hesitation," from out (adv.) + right (adj.1)). Meaning "all at once" is attested from c.1600. As an adjective, "direct, downright," from 1530s.

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