aboveboard

adverb
above·​board | \ ə-ˈbəv-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce aboveboard (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Live bands already perform at Catonsville establishments, and the bill will bring current practices aboveboard. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, 8 Oct. 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 2 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Few of the family’s other aboveboard ventures have worked out. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2021 Spur someone to constructive action by being direct and aboveboard. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 18 Aug. 2021 Surely, everything happening behind the scenes in the act of crafting self-driving cars is completely aboveboard and hunky-dory. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 23 June 2021 That type of crime-solving approach would be an aboveboard use of self-driving cars as an aid in crimefighting. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 12 June 2021 Assume that self-driving cars will potentially be explicitly programmed with such a capability and are aiming to be used when the driving situation is aboveboard for the use of brake checking. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 May 2021 His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, 11 Sep. 2020 His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, 11 Sep. 2020 His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, 11 Sep. 2020 See More

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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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The first known use of aboveboard was in 1594

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“Aboveboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aboveboard. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for aboveboard

aboveboard

adverb
above·​board | \ ə-ˈbəv-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce aboveboard (audio) \

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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