honesty

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noun hon·es·ty \ˈä-nə-stē\

Definition of honesty

plural

honesties

  1. 1 obsolete :  chastity

  2. 2a :  fairness and straightforwardness of conduct calling for honesty in politicsb :  adherence to the facts :  sincerity doubted the honesty of the witness

  3. 3 :  any of a genus (Lunaria) of European herbs of the mustard family with toothed leaves and flat disk-shaped siliques

Examples of honesty in a sentence

  1. She is admired for her kindness and her honesty.

  2. He demands honesty from everyone who works for him.

  3. He didn't even have enough honesty to tell me he was leaving.

Origin and Etymology of honesty

see 1honest


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of honesty

honesty, honor, integrity, probity mean uprightness of character or action. honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position. integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge. probity implies tried and proven honesty or integrity.


HONESTY Defined for English Language Learners

honesty

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noun hon·es·ty \ˈä-nə-stē\

Definition of honesty for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of being fair and truthful : the quality of being honest


HONESTY Defined for Kids

honesty

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noun hon·es·ty \ˈä-nə-stē\

Definition of honesty for Students

  1. :  the quality or state of being truthful and fair



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