open·​heart·​ed | \ˌō-pən-ˈhär-təd \

Definition of openhearted 

1 : candidly straightforward : frank

2 : responsive to emotional appeal

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Other Words from openhearted

openheartedly adverb
openheartedness noun

Examples of openhearted in a Sentence

many therapists believe that it is better to be openhearted than to repress one's feelings, however hostile they may be

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The remaining two pieces on the shortish program, in their own ways, reflect a need to strike a chord of openhearted accessibility with a general concert public. John Von Rhein,, "Review: John Malkovich's wan narration disappoints in CSO reading of 'Lincoln Portrait'," 13 Apr. 2018 But as with many game-changing artists, what’s inimitable — the shuddering, bluesy warmth of his alto saxophone; the openhearted melodicism of his compositions — is as important to his legacy as his formal reinventions. New York Times, "Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week," 6 July 2017 But Jacobs (director of offbeat indies like Momma’s Man and Terri) has chosen to make a wry, openhearted, vaguely outré romantic comedy, albeit a bittersweet one. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: The Lovers Proves that Love After 50 Isn't Science-Fiction," 8 May 2017 Most have fallen short of their dreams, but the lives of these low achievers feel richer and more openhearted than the few who escaped and claimed wealth or fame. Ellen Emry Heltzel, The Seattle Times, "Elizabeth Strout shows ‘Anything Is Possible’ for some small-town folk," 30 Apr. 2017 This show celebrates her refreshing, matter-of-fact inclusivity—and the value of an openhearted, uptown sensibility in general. The New Yorker, "Alice Neel," 31 Mar. 2017 Moss tries to write a kind of poetry that his American juniors rarely attempt: the first-person record of wisdom, jocular or weighty, gained in a moment or a lifetime, unguarded, openhearted, profuse. Stephen Burt, New York Times, "A Range of Alter Egos and a Lifetime of Poetic Guises," 20 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of openhearted

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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