honesty is the best policy

Definition of honesty is the best policy

  1. —used to say that telling the truth is better than lying even when it is hard to do He realized honesty is the best policy and told them what really happened to their car.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  chastity

    :  fairness and straightforwardness of conduct

    :  adherence to the facts :  sincerity

  1. : superlative ofgood

    :  excelling all others

    :  most productive of good :  offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction

  1. : superlative ofwell

    :  in the best (see 1best) way :  to greatest advantage

    :  most

  1. :  the best (see 1best) state or part

    :  one that is best

    :  the greatest degree of good or excellence

  1. :  to get the better of :  outdo

  1. :  had best (see 2best 1)

  1. :  prudence or wisdom in the management of affairs

    :  management or procedure based primarily on material interest

    :  a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decisions

  1. :  a writing whereby a contract of insurance is made

    :  a daily lottery in which participants bet that certain numbers will be drawn from a lottery wheel

    :  number

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