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outright

adverb out·right \ ˌau̇t-ˈrīt \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of outright

1 archaic : straight ahead : directly
2 : in entirety : completely
  • rejected the proposal outright
  • outright refuses to cooperate with law enforcement
  • —Tim Murphy
3 : without restraint or reservation
  • laughed outright
  • cried outright
4 : on the spot : instantaneously
  • was killed outright
5 : without lien (see lien 1) or encumbrance (see encumbrance 2)
  • purchased the property outright for cash

Examples of outright in a Sentence

  1. She won the competition outright.

  2. The painting is now owned outright by the museum.

  3. Their house was destroyed outright by the fire.

  4. I bought the car outright.

Recent Examples of outright from the Web

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First Known Use of outright

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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outright

adjective out·right \ ˈau̇t-ˌrīt \

Definition of outright

1 a : being completely or exactly what is stated
  • an outright lie
b : given without reservation
  • outright grants for research
c : made without encumbrance or lien
  • an outright sale
2 archaic : proceeding directly onward

outrightly

adverb

Examples of outright in a Sentence

  1. I was surprised by their outright rejection of the idea.

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First Known Use of outright

1532

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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OUTRIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

outright

Definition of outright for English Language Learners

  • : in a full and complete way

  • : quickly and completely : not gradually

  • : in one payment of money


outright

Definition of outright for English Language Learners

  • : complete and total

  • : not limited in any way : done, made, or given in a complete way


OUTRIGHT Defined for Kids

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outright

adverb out·right \ au̇t-ˈrīt \

Definition of outright for Students

1 : completely
  • They rejected the idea outright.
2 : without holding back
  • He laughed outright at the story.
3 : quickly and entirely
  • Fire destroyed the house outright.

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outright

adjective out·right \ ˈau̇t-ˌrīt \

Definition of outright for Students

1 : complete and total : very clear or obvious
  • an outright lie
2 : done, made, or given with no restrictions or exceptions
  • an outright gift


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