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Synonyms for straightforward
ˌstreɪtˈfɔr wərdstraight·for·ward

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. straightforward

    A candid statement is meant to be true to the real facts and just to all parties; a fair statement is really so. Fair is applied to the conduct; candid is not; as, fair treatment, "a fair field, and no favor." One who is frank has a fearless and unconstrained truthfulness. Honest and ingenuous unite in expressing contempt for deceit. On the other hand, artless, guileless, naive, simple, and unsophisticated express the goodness which comes from want of the knowledge or thought of evil. As truth is not always agreeable or timely, candid and frank have often an objectionable sense; "to be candid with you," "to be perfectly frank," are regarded as sure preludes to something disagreeable. Open and unreserved may imply unstudied truthfulness or defiant recklessness; as, open admiration, open robbery. There may be transparent integrity or transparent fraud. Sincere applies to the feelings, as being all that one's words would imply.

    aboveboard, artless, candid, fair, frank, guileless, honest, impartial, ingenuous, innocent, naive, open, simple, sincere, transparent, truthful, unbiased, unprejudiced, unreserved, unsophisticated

    adroit, artful, crafty, cunning, deceitful, designing, diplomatic, foxy, insincere, intriguing, knowing, maneuvering, sharp, shrewd, sly, subtle, tricky, wily

    Candid in debate; candid to or toward opponents; candid with friend or foe; to be candid about or in regard to the matter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. straightforwardadjective

    free from ambiguity

    "a straightforward set of instructions"

    straight, square(a), aboveboard

    equivocal, indirect, crooked, corrupt, ambiguous

  2. square(a), straightforward, straightadjective

    without evasion or compromise

    "a square contradiction"; "he is not being as straightforward as it appears"

    indirect, equivocal, corrupt, ambiguous, crooked

  3. aboveboard, straightforwardadjective

    without concealment or deception; honest

    "their business was open and aboveboard"; "straightforward in all his business affairs"

    straight, square(a), aboveboard

    indirect, equivocal, ambiguous, corrupt, crooked

  4. straightforwardadjective

    pointed directly ahead

    "a straightforward gaze"

    straight, square(a), aboveboard

    crooked, corrupt, indirect, ambiguous, equivocal

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. straightforwardadjective

    direct, undeviating, STRAIGHT

  2. straightforwardadjective

    honest, honorable, equitable, fair, just, square, even-handed

  3. straightforwardadjective

    directly, in a straight line, without turning to the right or to the left

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "straightforward":

    simple, direct, easy, mere, uncomplicated, clear, simply, forthright, explicit, non-complex

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How to use straightforward in a sentence?

  1. Emmanuel Macron:

    I'm very simple. I'm straightforward, if you make war against everybody, you make( a) trade war against China, trade war against Europe, war in Syria... come on, it doesn't work. You need allies. We are the ally.

  2. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett:

    It should have been a very straightforward thing, buildings in America do not just fall down like this. There is a reason. We need to find out what that reason is.

  3. Mike Pompeo:

    They'll have to choose a path that is fundamentally different than the one that their country has proceeded on for decades. It should not be to anyone's surprise that there will be moments along the way, that this won't be straightforward.

  4. Mick Mulvaney:

    I think the President was fairly straightforward, we're not spending money on that anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that. So that is a specific tie to his campaign.

  5. Kevin Faulconer:

    It’s a very straightforward plan to make California more affordable and livable for the men and women who served our nation, it’s a plan to make sure that veterans are taxed less and housed more.

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