Definition of forthright in English:

forthright

Syllabification: forth·right
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrTHˌrīt
 
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adjective

1(Of a person or their manner or speech) direct and outspoken; straightforward and honest: his most forthright attack yet on the reforms
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  • People respected her honesty and forthright manner, qualities which endeared her to all.
  • Simply, interconnected stories told in an honest and forthright manner touch readers in ways that continue to reverberate long after the book is put down.
  • As our readers will see, they expressed their opinions in a forthright manner, using a colorful prose not typically found in scientific papers.
Synonyms
2 archaic Proceeding directly forward.

adverb

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1Directly forward.
1.1Immediately.
More example sentences
  • At best, he could practice scaring people with a display of lunacy hoping to prevent circumstances arising that burn in immediacy and require forthright and conclusive action.

Origin

Old English forthriht 'straightforward, directly' (see forth, right).

Derivatives

forthrightly

adverb
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  • Why is there this reserve in dealing with this issue publicly, directly and forthrightly by the administration?
  • They ought to be demanding that the presidential candidates speak out forthrightly on these issues.
  • But while I agree that our candidate should forthrightly come out against a constitutional amendment, the big question is how to frame this opposition.

forthrightness

noun
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  • Thompson, who impresses with his vigour, drive and forthrightness, should not be hung out to dry for doing what, in all honesty, any new owner would have undertaken.
  • In this spirit of forthrightness, I feel I must tell you that, strictly speaking, I'm not supposed to leave the castle without my entourage.
  • Again and again in the exhibition, one feels that Conner not only got there first but did so with welcome concision, intensity and forthrightness.

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