aboveboard

adverb
above·​board | \ə-ˈbəv-ˌbȯrd \

Definition of aboveboard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: in a straightforward manner : openly

aboveboard

adjective

Definition of aboveboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: free from all traces of deceit or duplicity

Examples of aboveboard in a Sentence

Adjective

The committee tried to be fair and aboveboard in its hiring. an aboveboard and responsible proposal She acted in a completely open and aboveboard way.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

My use of a personal email account was aboveboard and allowed under the State Department's rules. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Hillary Clinton Is Sorry About That Whole Email Situation," 9 Sep. 2015 Most bus and tour companies that operate aboveboard should be willing to have this conversation with you, and those that aren’t should arouse your suspicion. New York Times, "5 Ways to Stay Safe on Bus Trips Abroad," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For many Democrats and environmental groups, Zinke’s aboveboard actions are just as alarming. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might face a criminal investigation," 5 Nov. 2018 Many people suspect that not all of the president’s dealings with foreign creditors were aboveboard — including, by all appearances, the president himself. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Michael Cohen Signals Interest in Cooperating With Investigators," 15 June 2018 Many people suspect that not all of the president’s dealings with foreign creditors were aboveboard — including, by all appearances, the president himself. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Michael Cohen Signals Interest in Cooperating With Investigators," 15 June 2018 Many people suspect that not all of the president’s dealings with foreign creditors were aboveboard — including, by all appearances, the president himself. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Michael Cohen Signals Interest in Cooperating With Investigators," 15 June 2018 Unless some of the funds paid to Essential Consultants made their way back to Trump (a not wholly implausible scenario), Cohen’s lobbying career was likely aboveboard. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "AT&T Gave Trump’s Lawyer $600,000 to Help Get Its Merger Approved (and Its Taxes Cut)," 11 May 2018 Prosecutors said in court papers that in an aboveboard business relationship, Jim Norton would have hired Sherry Pierce directly and Gary Pierce would have disclosed his wife’s employment. Jacques Billeaud, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Arizona regulator charged with bribery heads to trial," 27 May 2018 Starting this summer, the state could be able to identify all aboveboard cannabis. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "How the Feds Will Use DNA To Track Legal Weed," 15 May 2018 Or the park's less-than-aboveboard business interests? William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "‘Westworld’ Episode 4 recap: 5 things to know about ‘The Riddle of the Sphinx’," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of aboveboard

Adverb

1594, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aboveboard

Adverb

above entry 2 + board entry 1; from the difficulty of cheating at cards when the hands are above the table

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aboveboard

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aboveboard

: open, honest, and legal

aboveboard

adverb
above·​board | \ə-ˈbəv-ˌbȯrd \

Kids Definition of aboveboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in an honest open way All business is done aboveboard.

aboveboard

adjective

Kids Definition of aboveboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: free from tricks and secrecy an aboveboard sale

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