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[kan-der] /ˈkæn dər/
the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness:
The candor of the speech impressed the audience.
freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality:
to consider an issue with candor.
Obsolete, kindliness.
Obsolete, purity.
Also, especially British, candour.
Origin of candor
1350-1400 (for sense “extreme whiteness”); Middle English < Latin: radiance, whiteness; see candid, -or1
2. openness, frankness, honesty, truthfulness. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for candor
  • Pepys' candor and eye for detail make his diary irresistible.
  • Indeed, you probably shouldn't expect more candor from a peer-observation report than from a restaurant review.
  • For all its frank sexuality and candor, the novel feels canned and unconvincing.
  • Your lack of candor is typical of the farce you present here.
  • It is that freewheeling style that has made him popular with voters and cemented his reputation for candor and straight talk.
  • You might be surprised at his candor and sadness for he was, if nothing else, true to himself.
  • He was a pioneer of openness and a lifelong model of candor.
  • Let it all hang out, openness and candor, everything above board — these are dominant themes on higher-ed rostrums.
  • Hansen has continued to do research on climate change and to speak out, even when his candor threatened his career.
  • To acquiesce in discrepancy is destructive of candor and of moral cleanliness.
British Dictionary definitions for candor


the quality of being open and honest; frankness
fairness; impartiality
(obsolete) purity or brightness
Word Origin
C17: from Latin candor, from candēre to be white, shine
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Word Origin and History for candor

"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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