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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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  • Indeed, that life had in it much that was congenial to art, in its enthusiasm and its truthfulness.
  • It didn't always meet his standard of unintimidated truthfulness.
  • The charges against them only related to the truthfulness of their writing, not their misuse of money meant for charity.
  • Comfortably, the post is during truthfulness a hottest on this subject well known subject matter.
  • Your non-answer attests to the truthfulness of this comment.
  • Moody and slow moving, it depends on the truthfulness of its performances to carry it.
  • The notion of truthfulness or deception functions differently in both instances.
  • The right to question witnesses testifying against you and cross-examine them as to the truthfulness of their testimony.
  • truthfulness is the second component of trustworthiness.
  • The main test allows the examiner to actually question the subject and record scores indicating truthfulness and deceptiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for truthfulness


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 truthfulness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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