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forthright

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːθrʌɪt
 
, fɔːθˈrʌɪt
 
/

Definition of forthright in English:

adjective

1(Of a person or their manner or speech) direct and outspoken: his most forthright attack yet on the reforms
More example sentences
  • 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
frank, direct, straightforward, honest, candid, open, sincere, straight, straight to the point, blunt, plain-spoken, outspoken, downright, uninhibited, unreserved, point blank, no-nonsense, matter-of-fact, bluff, undiplomatic, tactless;
not afraid to call a spade a spade, not beating around the bush, speaking as one finds;
explicit, clear, plain, unequivocal, unambiguous, unqualified, categorical

adverb

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1.1Immediately.
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 'straight forward, directly' (see forth, right).

Derivatives

forthrightly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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

2
noun
Example sentences
  • 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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