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[trooth-fuh l] /ˈtruθ fəl/
telling the truth, especially habitually:
a truthful person.
conforming to truth:
a truthful statement.
corresponding with reality:
a truthful portrait.
Origin of truthful
1590-1600; truth + -ful
Related forms
truthfully, adverb
truthfulness, noun
overtruthful, adjective
overtruthfully, adverb
overtruthfulness, noun
quasi-truthful, adjective
quasi-truthfully, adverb
semitruthful, adjective
semitruthfully, adverb
semitruthfulness, noun
1. honest, trustworthy; candid, frank. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for truthful
  • All information provided during account registration must be truthful and accurate.
  • Although our sensations feel accurate and truthful, they do not necessarily reproduce the physical reality of the outside world.
  • Moderate reviews tend to be more truthful, and my own tends to be honest as well.
  • She explained, which prompted more questions and more accurate, truthful answers.
  • Enclosed please find a brief and truthful account of the capture of the specimens which compose this group.
  • Most were truthful, but a few weren't: the reporters found weeds or dirt where vegetables were supposed to be growing.
  • The society is supposed to enlighten people and be truthful about it.
  • The review sites continue to insist their ratings are truthful.
  • They both existed, and it is necessary to write clearly about both in as truthful a manner as possible.
  • We, who were there have always known this, but it has taken a long time for a truthful account to be aired in public.
British Dictionary definitions for truthful


telling or expressing the truth; honest or candid
realistic: a truthful portrayal of the king
Derived Forms
truthfully, adverb
truthfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for truthful

1590s, from truth + -ful. Related: Truthfully; truthfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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