Definition of straightforward in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌstrātˈfôrwərd/


1Uncomplicated and easy to do or understand: in a straightforward case no fees will be charged
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  • They would have felt easier with a straightforward repayment loan, where each month the debt reduced.
  • Life was easy, straightforward, and if he wanted something done, he just did it.
  • Knowing when to stop is not an easy or straightforward matter in ethnography.
uncomplicated, simple, easy, effortless, painless, undemanding, plain sailing, child's play
informal as easy as pie, a piece of cake, a cinch, a snip, a breeze, a cakewalk, duck soup, a snap
1.1(Of a person) honest and frank: a straightforward young man
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  • There is a nice sense of menace developing in it, and I like how none of the characters are straightforward.
  • Men are intensely straightforward and logical beings, and they find this confusing.
  • They are pretty straightforward with me, they know I can handle whatever it takes.
honest, frank, candid, open, truthful, sincere, on the level;
forthright, plain-speaking, direct, unambiguous
informal upfront, on the up and up



Pronunciation: /ˌstrātˈfôrwərdnəs/
Example sentences
  • Sincerity, seriousness, straightforwardness; all these things have their place.
  • We have dealt with him in good faith throughout this process, and in return have been met with openness, integrity, honesty, and straightforwardness.
  • First off, we liked her as a person for her courage, her sincerity and her straightforwardness.

Words that rhyme with straightforward

forward, henceforward, shoreward, thenceforward

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Syllabification: straight·for·ward

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