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

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The directness of [Kahlo’s] gaze is itself a feminist act, the aestheticizing of her disabilities is resistance. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Ulta plucked Frida Kahlo’s eyebrow for the artist’s themed makeup kit," 10 July 2019 Designers are responding to the environmental crisis with more nuance, sophistication, and directness than ever before. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How design is being upended by the climate crisis," 9 July 2019 Still, the soft directness of her eyes and voice was more intimate than my question. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, "This Is Pleasure," 8 July 2019 There’s feedback tailored to people with autism, who tend to be quite direct and to appreciate directness in others. Nara Schoenberg,, "5 years and over 300 applications: For those with autism, landing a tech job ‘like winning the lottery’," 11 June 2019 The simplicity and directness of the songs on the album—which could be classified as indie rock with undeniable pop hooks—is echoed in everything from the title to the artwork. Chris Davidson,, "Birmingham’s Preston Lovinggood releases new album," 17 June 2019 Excess is cut away, leaving a clean narrative that is bracing in its directness. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘Becoming Lincoln’ Review: The Center That Held," 15 Feb. 2019 But these plays, like their predecessors, are an uneasy blend of emotional directness and stand-up comedy. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Neil Simon (1927-2018): The King of Stage Comedy," 26 Aug. 2018 Click to Read Story Possession Soccer Is Now a Losing Strategy at the World Cup Eight years after Spain won the World Cup with a patient possession game, the best teams in Russia are characterized by their speed and directness. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France, on the Brink of a World Cup Win, Has the Bleus," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of directness

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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