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adjective can·did \ˈkan-dəd\

Simple Definition of candid

  • : expressing opinions and feelings in an honest and sincere way

  • photography : showing people acting in a natural way because they do not know that they are being photographed

Full Definition of candid

  1. 1 :  white <candid flames>

  2. 2 :  free from bias, prejudice, or malice :  fair <a candid observer>

  3. 3 a :  marked by honest sincere expression <a candid discussion> b :  indicating or suggesting sincere honesty and absence of deception <her candid face> c :  disposed to criticize severely :  blunt <candid critics>

  4. 4 :  relating to or being photography of subjects acting naturally or spontaneously without being posed

can·did·ly adverb
can·did·ness noun

Examples of candid

  1. To be candid, I have wondered whether it is fair to write about a man for whom I cannot help but feel a real distaste. —Jill Lepore, Journal of American History, June 2001

  2. If Bart Knaggs had been totally candid, he would have told me that when his prospective father-in-law, who was a doctor, had heard that the cancer had moved into my lungs, he said to Bart, “Well, your friend is dead.” —Lance Armstrong , It's Not About the Bike, (2000) 2001

  3. There are candid … anecdotes of open-heart surgery. —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review, 30 Sept. 1990

  4. He was quite candid about his past.

  5. She gave us her candid opinion on the matter.

Origin of candid

French & Latin; French candide, from Latin candidus bright, white, from candēre to shine, glow; akin to Welsh can white, Sanskrit candati it shines

First Known Use: 1606

Synonym Discussion of candid

frank, candid, open, plain mean showing willingness to tell what one feels or thinks. frank stresses lack of shyness or secretiveness or of evasiveness from considerations of tact or expedience <frank discussions>. candid suggests expression marked by sincerity and honesty especially in offering unwelcome criticism or opinion <a candid appraisal>. open implies frankness but suggests more indiscretion than frank and less earnestness than candid <open in saying what they think>. plain suggests outspokenness and freedom from affectation or subtlety in expression <plain talk>.

Rhymes with candid

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adjective can·did \ˈkan-dəd\

Definition of candid

  1. 1 :  marked by or showing honesty :  frank <a candid discussion>

  2. 2 :  relating to photography of people acting naturally without being posed <a candid picture>

can·did·ly adverb <She spoke candidly about her mistakes.>

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