AskDefine | Define forthright

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forthright adj : characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation" [syn: blunt, candid, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder] adv : directly and without evasion; not roundabout; "to face a problem squarely"; "the responsibility lies squarely with them"; "spoke forthright (or forthrightly) and to the point" [syn: squarely, forthrightly]

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  1. straightforward; not evasive; characterized by candor and directness
    The witness was considered eminently credible thanks to her forthright answers.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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