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[frangk-nis] /ˈfræŋk nɪs/
plainness of speech; candor; openness.
Origin of frankness
1545-55; frank1 + -ness
Related forms
prefrankness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The frankness of such a secretly outspoken thought could not go without some derisive self-criticism.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • "Count me in, please," said Blanche, in her usual vein of frankness.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • For him to be fastidious was ridiculous, but Deering's frankness jarred.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
  • The Abb was pleased with the idea, and with the frankness and firmness of our young hero.

  • The detective heard him in silence, and appeared to be struck by his frankness.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
  • At this, Nani for a moment became quite gay in all frankness.

  • She claimed to pay for them out of her bridge winnings, and, indeed, her invitation for to-night had been frankness itself.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
Word Origin and History for frankness

1550s, from frank (adj.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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