straightforward


straightforward
straightforward, forthright, aboveboard when applied to persons, their actions, or their methods mean honest and open.
Something straightforward is consistently direct and free from deviations or evasiveness
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a straightforward course of action

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a straightforward answer

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he is a man; with clear, straightforward ideas, a frank, noble presence— Disraeli

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Something forthright has directness like that of a thrust, or goes straight to the point without swerving or hesitating
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a forthright appeal for votes

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thought that this must be the true air of success: no conceit or obvious triumph, but a forthright glance, a confident smile, a new erectness in the shoulders— Wouk

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Something aboveboard is free from all traces of deception or duplicity. Aboveboard is chiefly used pred- icatively and applies more often to actions or methods than to persons
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one whose life had been so well-ordered, balanced, and aboveboardGalsworthy

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the peace of mind that comes from being completely honest and aboveboardHaupt

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Straightforward, forthright, and aboveboard are also used adverbially with the same implications and connotations as their adjectival forms.
Analogous words: honest, *upright, honorable, just: *fair, equitable, impartial: candid, *frank, open, plain
Antonyms: devious: indirect

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