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English adjective: candid

1. candid characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

SamplesBlunt talking and straight shooting.
A blunt New England farmer.
I gave them my candid opinion.
Forthright criticism.
A forthright approach to the problem.
Tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank.
It is possible to be outspoken without being rude.
Plainspoken and to the point.
A point-blank accusation.

Synonymsblunt, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder



2. candid informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared

SamplesA candid photograph.
A candid interview.

Similaruncontrived, unstudied


3. candid openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness

SamplesHis candid eyes.
An open and trusting nature.
A heart-to-heart talk.

Synonymsheart-to-heart, open

Similarartless, ingenuous

Antonymsartful, disingenuous

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