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[adj., n. fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-; adv. fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-, fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-] /adj., n. ˈfɔrθˌraɪt, ˈfoʊrθ-; adv. ˌfɔrθˈraɪt, ˌfoʊrθ-, ˈfɔrθˌraɪt, ˈfoʊrθ-/
adjective
1.
going straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken:
It's sometimes difficult to be forthright and not give offense.
2.
proceeding in a straight course; direct; straightforward:
a forthright glance.
adverb, Also, forthrightly
3.
straight or directly forward; in a direct or straightforward manner:
He told us forthright just what his objections were.
4.
straightaway; at once; immediately:
He saw forthright that such an action was folly.
noun
5.
Archaic. a straight course or path.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English forthrihte. See forth, right
Related forms
forthrightness, noun
unforthright, adjective
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  • Fine physics fizzled forlornly failing forthrightness' frankness.
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  • Two decades later, her songs still hold on to the forthrightness and the pained determination of the blues.
  • She had the self-confidence to express herself with humor and forthrightness whether speaking to friends or to the public.
  • Most are willing to work with you and will appreciate your honesty and forthrightness.
  • Respondents lack of forthrightness in this matter cannot be allowed to prevail.
  • My commitment to transparency includes forthrightness concerning difficult issues.
  • However, there must be an element of trust between us, based on candor and forthrightness.
British Dictionary definitions for forthrightness

forthright

adjective (ˈfɔːθˌraɪt)
1.
direct and outspoken
adverb (ˌfɔːθˈraɪt; ˈfɔːθˌraɪt)
2.
in a direct manner; frankly
3.
at once
Derived Forms
forthrightness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forthrightness

forthright

adj.

Old English forðriht "direct, plain;" see forth + right. Related: Forthrightly; forthrightness.

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