di·​rect·​ness | \ də-ˈrek(t)-nəs How to pronounce directness (audio) , dī- \

Definition of directness

1 : the character of being accurate in course or aim
2 : strict pertinence : straightforwardness her directness was disarming— Robin Cook

Examples of directness in a Sentence

his directness is much appreciated by his patients
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First Known Use of directness

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Aug 2022

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“Directness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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