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truthful

[trooth-fuhl]
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adjective
  1. telling the truth, especially habitually: a truthful person.
  2. conforming to truth: a truthful statement.
  3. corresponding with reality: a truthful portrait.
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Origin of truthful

First recorded in 1590–1600; truth + -ful
Related formstruth·ful·ly, adverbtruth·ful·ness, nouno·ver·truth·ful, adjectiveo·ver·truth·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·truth·ful·ness, nounqua·si-truth·ful, adjectivequa·si-truth·ful·ly, adverbsem·i·truth·ful, adjectivesem·i·truth·ful·ly, adverbsem·i·truth·ful·ness, noun

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Related Words for truthful

precise, straightforward, sincere, trustworthy, realistic, candid, reliable, believable, factual, correct, forthright, true, exact, faithful, frank, guileless, ingenuous, just, kosher, literal

Examples from the Web for truthful

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Historical Examples of truthful

  • Livingston, moreover, had dined just unwisely enough to be truthful.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • All sacredness and sweetness, all that was pure and brave and truthful, seemed to rest in her.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Ah, the truthful glass betrayed the weak point in her armor—the boots.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • I am not nearly as truthful a person as I thought I was until I met you.

  • It is safe to say that there is not a truthful Indian in Labrador.


British Dictionary definitions for truthful

truthful

adjective
  1. telling or expressing the truth; honest or candid
  2. realistica truthful portrayal of the king
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Derived Formstruthfully, adverbtruthfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for truthful

adj.

1590s, from truth + -ful. Related: Truthfully; truthfulness.

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