honesty is the best policy

Definition of honesty is the best policy

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

honesty play
  1. : chastity

  2. : fairness and straightforwardness of conduct

  3. : adherence to the facts : sincerity

best play
  1. : superlative of good

  2. : excelling all others

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

  1. : superlative of well

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

  3. : most

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

  2. : one that is best

  3. : the greatest degree of good or excellence

  1. : to get the better of : outdo

  1. : had best (see 2best 1)

policy play
  1. : prudence or wisdom in the management of affairs

  2. : management or procedure based primarily on material interest

  3. : 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

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

  3. : number


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