honesty

[on-uh-stee]
noun, plural honesties.
1.
the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
2.
truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
3.
freedom from deceit or fraud.
4.
Botany. a plant, Lunaria annua, of the mustard family, having clusters of purple flowers and semitransparent, satiny pods.
5.
Obsolete, chastity.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English honeste < Middle French < Latin honestās. See honest, -ty2

overhonesty, noun


1. integrity, probity, rectitude. See honor. 2. candor, veracity.


1. dishonesty.
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honesty (ˈɒnɪstɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the condition of being honest
2.  sincerity or fairness
3.  archaic virtue or respect
4.  moonwort, Also called: satinpod a purple-flowered SE European plant, Lunaria annua, cultivated for its flattened silvery pods, which are used for indoor decoration: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)

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honesty
early 14c., from O.Fr. honesté, from L. honestatem (nom. honestas) "honor, honesty," from honestus (see honest). In English, the word originally had more to do with honor than honest.
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honesty

any of the three species of the genus Lunaria, of the mustard family (Brassicaceae). They are European annuals or biennials that are widely grown for their disklike, papery, seedpod partitions, used in dried flower arrangements. The best-known species, also called moonflower, money plant, moonwort, or satinflower, as well as honesty (L. annua), has four-petalled, reddish purple or white flowers that are borne in summer. It has become naturalized in some wooded parts of eastern North America. Perennial honesty (L. rediviva) has pointed oval seedpod partitions and pale purple flowers

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Responsibility to our patients and their families for service with integrity
  and honesty.
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Thanks for your honesty .
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