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openness

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of openness

  1. 1 the free expression of one's true feelings and opinions <her openness was refreshing after the tiresome coyness of her friends> Synonyms bluntness, candidness, directness, forthrightness, frankness, honesty, openheartedness, candor, outspokenness, plainness, plainspokenness, plumpness, straightforwardness, unguardedness, unreserve, unreservednessRelated Words earnestness, sincerity, sobriety; artlessness, genuineness, naïveté (also naivete or naiveté), simplicity, unsophistication; communicativeness, freedom, license (or licence), uninhibitedeness, unrestrainedness, unrestraintNear Antonyms circuitousness, evasiveness, secretiveness; inhibition, reserve, restraint, reticence, shyness; diplomacy, tactAntonyms dissembling, dissimulation, indirection

  2. 2 the state of being left without shelter or protection against something harmful <doctors are concerned about the population's openness to the new strain of the flu virus> Synonyms liability, exposure, vulnerabilityRelated Words predisposition, susceptibility; defenselessness, helplessness, weakness; danger, jeopardy, peril, riskNear Antonyms protection, safeguarding, sheltering, shielding





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