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  1. going or directed straight ahead: a straightforward gaze.
  2. direct; not roundabout: a straightforward approach to a problem.
  3. free from crookedness or deceit; honest: straightforward in one's dealings.
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  1. Also straight·for·wards. straight ahead; directly or continuously forward.
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Origin of straightforward

First recorded in 1800–10; straight + forward
Related formsstraight·for·ward·ly, adverbstraight·for·ward·ness, nounun·straight·for·ward, adjective

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Antonyms for straightforward

1, 2. devious.
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Related Words for straightforwardness

honesty, virtue, probity, purity, sincerity, rectitude, principle, modesty, candor, restraint, unity, clarity, integrity, directness, simplicity, truthfulness, fairness, frankness, confidence, veracity

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Contemporary Examples of straightforwardness

Historical Examples of straightforwardness

  • He, thanking the Lacedaemonians for their straightforwardness, withdrew.



  • She could not overlook the impression he conveyed of rugged honesty and straightforwardness.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • It has the same simplicity and straightforwardness as Greek sculpture.

  • There is a boldness, a straightforwardness, an honesty in this challenge, which cannot be mistaken.

  • He had learnt that honesty and straightforwardness get rid of any difficulties.

British Dictionary definitions for straightforwardness


  1. (of a person) honest, frank, or simple
  2. mainly British (of a task, etc) simple; easy
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adverb, adjective
  1. in a straight course
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Derived Formsstraightforwardly, adverbstraightforwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for straightforwardness



1550s, from straight (adj.1) + forward. In reference to language, from 1806.

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