hon·​es·​ty | \ ˈä-nə-stē How to pronounce honesty (audio) \
plural honesties

Definition of honesty

1a : adherence to the facts : sincerity doubted the honesty of the witness
b : fairness and straightforwardness of conduct calling for honesty in politics
2 : any of a genus (Lunaria) of European herbs of the mustard family with toothed leaves and flat disk-shaped siliques
3 obsolete : chastity

Choose the Right Synonym for 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.

Examples of honesty in a Sentence

She is admired for her kindness and her honesty. He demands honesty from everyone who works for him. He didn't even have enough honesty to tell me he was leaving.
Recent Examples on the Web But, in all honesty, none of that actually matters. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 29 July 2022 The hearing, like the seven that preceded it, was, in all honesty, a bit of a mishmash. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 Choi plays Choi Min-jae, a third-generation police detective whose reputation for honesty gets him assigned by Internal Affairs to an antidrug task force rumored to be corrupt. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 While the concept of digital transformation has bounced around boardroom tables, meeting rooms and companies throughout the last decade, in all honesty, the concept has been around for ages. Hamed Arbabi, Forbes, 1 June 2022 In all honesty, the true buckeye (Aesculus glabra) is not an especially great landscape tree. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 27 May 2022 With a brand of comedy embedded in what people are actually thinking, Jones has become a representative for this era’s appetite for honesty. Brooklyn White, Essence, 13 May 2022 The women quickly rallied around to offer words of admiration for Minkoff’s honesty, but why was their initial reaction to her weight loss so giddy and gleeful? Michelle Konstantinovsky, Glamour, 26 Feb. 2022 Honesty not always being pretty and pleasant, and honesty not always being palatable. Julissa Jamesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of honesty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for honesty

see honest entry 1

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“Honesty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honesty. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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hon·​es·​ty | \ ˈä-nə-stē How to pronounce honesty (audio) \

Kids Definition of honesty

: the quality or state of being truthful and fair

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