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.
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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, "‘Let the dancing begin’: Live music bill green-lighted in Catonsville, Arbutus," 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, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 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, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 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, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 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, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 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, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 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, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 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, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 2 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Of course, quid pro quo arrangements are aboveboard when the President is asking for a favor on behalf of the people. Neal Katyal And Sam Koppelman, Time, "Impeaching Trump Is Imperative to Preserving Our Democracy," 7 Nov. 2019 Much of the compensation to athletes that used to come under the table — leading to NCAA infractions committee investigations and various forms of punishment when caught — will now be aboveboard. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: What’s next for NCAA and college athletics now that SB 206 is law?," 30 Sep. 2019 These traveling shows are aboveboard: Russia has no laws that regulate how marine mammals should be treated in captivity. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 But such operatives, who pursue their clients’ goals through a variety of methods—some entirely aboveboard, others less so—do exist. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 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

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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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20 Nov 2019

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“Aboveboard.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aboveboard. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for aboveboard

aboveboard

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aboveboard

: open, honest, and legal

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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