forth·com·ing | \ fȯrth-ˈkə-miŋ , ˈfȯrth- \

Definition of forthcoming 

1 : being about to appear or to be produced or made available the forthcoming holidays your forthcoming novel funds are forthcoming

2a : responsive, outgoing a forthcoming and courteous man

b : characterized by openness, candidness, and forthrightness (see forthright entry 2 sense 2) not forthcoming about his memories of medical school —Mark Kramer

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Examples of forthcoming in a Sentence

He was more forthcoming about his past than they expected. She has been less than forthcoming about her involvement in the scandal.

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But environmental groups are skeptical that a former coal lobbyist will be forthcoming about his intentions at the agency. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: The EPA won't change policy after Pruitt. But it might be more transparent about it.," 10 July 2018 But Brown would like to see ride-hailing companies be more forthcoming about their own operations—especially since ride-hailing has been cited as a factor in declining transit ridership and increasing numbers of vehicles on roads. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Lyft and Uber serve low-income communities better than taxis, says study," 2 July 2018 While Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher are very forthcoming about their family life, that doesn't give people license to wildly speculate without considering the real world consequences. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Mila Kunis' Dad Keeps Getting Duped By Tabloid Pregnancy Rumors," 2 July 2018 When paternal subventions were not forthcoming, Neruda hit on the idea of securing a diplomatic post abroad through Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 Besides the Explorer case and the Derby guests, Leet said the mayor needs to be more forthcoming about the incentives the city offered Amazon and who sat on panels that determined the outcome of two development projects. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Mayor Fischer hiding too much from Louisville voters, Angela Leet says," 21 June 2018 As the uproar over the Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from their families at the border has grown in recent days, the government has not been forthcoming about where the children are, or how they’re being cared for. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Keeps Babies and Toddlers in ‘Tender Age’ Shelters," 20 June 2018 Tigelaar, for her part, was particuarly forthcoming about her own experiences with staffing writers rooms and at times overlooking the importance of diversity. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Showrunners Talk Sexism in Writers Rooms, Hiring Diverse Staff and Weinstein's Blacklist," 9 June 2018 If nothing else, their reticence adds to the sense expressed by Congressional leaders (and just about everyone else) that maybe Facebook is not always completely forthcoming about its problems. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "How Bad Is Facebook’s New China Problem?," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of forthcoming

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for forthcoming

obsolete forthcome to come forth

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English Language Learners Definition of forthcoming

: appearing, happening, or arriving soon

: readily available

: honest and open


forth·com·ing | \ fȯrth-ˈkə-miŋ \

Kids Definition of forthcoming

1 : being about to appear the forthcoming holiday

2 : ready or available when needed Supplies will be forthcoming.

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alleviating pain or harshness

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