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candor

[kan-der] /ˈkæn dər/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness:
The candor of the speech impressed the audience.
2.
freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality:
to consider an issue with candor.
3.
Obsolete, kindliness.
4.
Obsolete, purity.
Also, especially British, candour.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400 (for sense “extreme whiteness”); Middle English < Latin: radiance, whiteness; see candid, -or1
Synonyms
2. openness, frankness, honesty, truthfulness.
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candor

n.

"openness of mind, impartiality, frankness," c.1600, from Latin candor "purity, openness," originally "whiteness," from candere "to shine, to be white" (see candle). Borrowed earlier in English (c.1500) with the Latin literal sense "extreme whiteness."

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