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outright

[adj. out-rahyt; adv. out-rahyt, -rahyt] /adj. ˈaʊtˌraɪt; adv. ˈaʊtˈraɪt, -ˌraɪt/
adjective
1.
complete or total:
an outright loss.
2.
downright or unqualified:
an outright refusal.
3.
without further payments due, restrictions, or qualifications:
an outright sale of the car.
4.
Archaic. directed straight out or on.
adverb
5.
completely; entirely.
6.
without restraint, reserve, or concealment; openly:
Tell me outright what's bothering you.
7.
at once; instantly:
to be killed outright.
8.
without further payments due, restrictions, or qualifications:
to own the house outright.
9.
Archaic. straight out or ahead; directly onward.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see out, right
Related forms
outrightness, noun
Synonyms
5. downright, utterly, altogether, thoroughly.
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  • Friction, fear, and outright hatred spring up often between these two traditions-yet they have revealing points of connection.
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British Dictionary definitions for outright

outright

adjective (prenominal) (ˈaʊtˌraɪt)
1.
without qualifications or limitations: outright ownership
2.
complete; total: an outright lie
3.
straightforward; direct: an outright manner
adverb (ˌaʊtˈraɪt)
4.
without restrictions: buy outright
5.
without reservation or concealment: ask outright
6.
instantly: he was killed outright
7.
(obsolete) straight ahead or out
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Word Origin and History for outright
adv.

c.1300, "completely, entirely; openly, directly; at once, without hesitation," from out (adv.) + right (adj.1)). Meaning "all at once" is attested from c.1600. As an adjective, "direct, downright," from 1530s.

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