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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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  • Its has been confirmed truthfully via research, witnesses that the cells were taken without her consent.
  • He observed that there was a lack of incentive for people to share their information with the government truthfully.
  • She writes beautifully about what is ugly and truthfully about what is false.
  • Billy is truthfully answering questions that he is being asked.
  • Which means writing as clearly, vividly and truthfully as possible.
  • For all its emotional hair-splitting, it fails to resolve its problems as truthfully as it pretends.
  • When she truthfully confessed responsibility for the entire scheme, they refused to believe her.
  • It smelled sweet yet tasted dry, and truthfully it was slightly disappointing.
  • truthfully, the best protection for privacy is the willingness of the individual to keep quiet about his personal life.
  • Your company will not know your individual responses, so please answer the questions as truthfully as you can.
British Dictionary definitions for truthfully


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 truthfully



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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