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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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  • They have all been treated by me with candour, which they have not been careful of observing to one another.
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  • candour about the succession would be unwise: those who are not picked might quit.
  • But the baroness's remark is stronger on grandeur than candour.
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  • She also had more complex reasons which, with her usual candour, she didn't hide.
  • Having more expressions at our disposal facilitates that kind of candour.
  • Such candour was impressive, and an effective way of managing the press.
British Dictionary definitions for candour

candour

/ˈkændə/
noun
1.
the quality of being open and honest; frankness
2.
fairness; impartiality
3.
(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 candour
n.

chiefly British English spelling of candor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

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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