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

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Examples of directness in a Sentence

his directness is much appreciated by his patients
Recent Examples on the Web This technique would remain a staple in their artistry and emphasize the power of directness. Essence, 31 May 2021 Carla Fracci, Italy’s grande dame of ballet and one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, who was admired for the naturalness and emotional directness of her performances, died on Thursday at her home in Milan. New York Times, 28 May 2021 Collins’ supporters say her top priority of ensuring equity among all students in the city’s public schools is essential work — and that her intensity and directness, too, are sometimes necessary. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 May 2021 One thing that is so interesting to me about this digital age in performance is how the dancers who have complete command of their bodies don’t lose their magnetism and directness on film. New York Times, 4 May 2021 Her unconventional model of giving was widely praised for its speed and directness. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2021 His directness, along with his sense of characters’ subjectivity, felt new in the era following Henry James and Theodore Dreiser. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2021 In fact, candidness, directness, and drive are the name of the game as the planets start to stack up in Aries. Gala Mukomolova,, 4 Apr. 2021 Wendy Rojas wasn’t surprised by her daughter’s outspoken directness. Selene Rivera, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of directness

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of directness was in 1598

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14 Jun 2021

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“Directness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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