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noun can·dor \ˈkan-dər, -ˌdȯr\

Simple Definition of candor

  • : the quality of being open, sincere, and honest

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of candor

  1. 1 a :  whiteness, brilliance b obsolete :  unstained purity

  2. 2 :  freedom from prejudice or malice :  fairness

  3. 3 archaic :  kindliness

  4. 4 :  unreserved, honest, or sincere expression :  forthrightness <the candor with which he acknowledged a weakness in his own case — Aldous Huxley>

Examples of candor in a sentence

  1. But a more subtle, and perhaps the most powerful, quality in the Senator's arsenal of attractions is an unrelenting candor that verges on self-reproach … —Joe Klein, New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2002

  2. People are human; they are fallible. I concede with painful candor and a heavy heart that the adage applies to me and to my generation of American leadership regarding Vietnam. —Robert S. McNamara, In Retrospect, 1995

  3. … thoughtful critics lamented what they designated Roosevelt's deviousness, his lack of candor … —Doris Kearns Goodwin, New Yorker, 15 Aug. 1994

  4. One hardly knows which to admire more, the candor of the author or the forbearance of his wife and his buddy, who somehow manage to refrain from cuffing him smartly upside the head. —Jay McInerney, New York Times Book Review, 31 Mar. 1991

  5. She spoke with candor about racism.

  6. I was impressed by the candor of his statement.

Did You Know?

The origins of "candor" shine through in its first definition. "Candor" traces back to the Latin verb candēre ("to shine or glow"), which in turn derives from the same ancient root that gave the Welsh language can, meaning "white," and the Sanskrit language "candati," which translates to "it shines." Other descendants of "candēre" in English include "candid," "incandescent," "candle," and the somewhat less common "candent" and "candescent" (both of which are synonyms of "incandescent" in the sense of "glowing from or as if from great heat"). There is even "excandescence ," an uncommon word that refers to a feverish condition brought on by anger or passion.

Origin and Etymology of candor

French & Latin; French candeur, from Latin candor, from candēre — more at candid

First Known Use: 14th century

CANDOR Defined for Kids


noun can·dor \ˈkan-dər\

Definition of candor for Students

  1. :  sincere and honest expression <She spoke with candor about the problem.>

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