out·​right | \ ˌau̇t-ˈrīt How to pronounce outright (audio) \

Definition of outright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 sense 1) or encumbrance (see encumbrance sense 2) purchased the property outright for cash


out·​right | \ ˈau̇t-ˌrīt How to pronounce outright (audio) \

Definition of outright (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

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outrightly adverb

Examples of outright in a Sentence


She won the competition outright. The painting is now owned outright by the museum. Their house was destroyed outright by the fire. I bought the car outright.


I was surprised by their outright rejection of the idea.
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It's long been speculated that Sansa and Dany are going to outright hate each other this season. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Emilia Clarke Just Revealed What Happens When Dany Meets Arya and Sansa on Game of Thrones and...Oh Man," 10 Apr. 2019 Shelby’s course is causing new problems for a city long scarred by racial issues Many of those criticizing Shelby’s course have not outright dismissed the training. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Protesters are angry that Betty Shelby is teaching the course two years after shooting Terence Crutcher.," 28 Aug. 2018 Throughout most of Pacific League play, the Falcons ran roughshod over opponents, stumbling once against Burroughs before winning the title outright after Burroughs stumbled against Burbank in the finale. Grant Gordon, latimes.com, "Crescenta Valley softball's Hernandez' phenomenal freshman year leads to league pitcher of year award," 20 June 2018 Though Clinton earned enough pledged delegates through the primary process to win the nomination outright, Sanders' backers believe the sway these leaders had influenced voters to support the former secretary of state. Adam Levy, CNN, "A new, smaller role proposed for superdelegates," 8 June 2018 That meant not outright criticizing the very laws, customs, and racist attitudes that made 30 years of Green Books necessary. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.," 7 Jan. 2019 Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mandy Moore Says Ryan Adams' "Controlling Behavior" Took a Toll on Her Music Career," 14 Feb. 2019 Democrats need to make an affirmative case for supporting the Jewish state, lest anti-Israeli politics evolve into outright anti-Semitism. The Editorial Page, WSJ, "A Lesson in Anti-Semitism," 14 Feb. 2019 Cleveland, the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia hope to sign him outright as a free agent and can now continue down that path. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "LeBron James' decision to become a free agent is bad news for Houston Rockets," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Advocates at the hearing called for an outright ban on textured implants, which are most frequently associated with BIA-ALCL. Glamour, "Breast Implants Are Linked to Cancer—And Women Are Demanding the FDA Do More," 27 Mar. 2019 Cities are also not instating an outright ban on scooters — regulators are simply being selective about which companies will operate those scooters. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 Investor sentiment has quickly shifted from extremely optimistic to outright bearish—an encouraging contrarian signal for those market participants who have long worried that Wall Street was overly bullish. Riva Gold, WSJ, "One Reason for Optimism: Bearish Investors," 6 Apr. 2018 And just a few months later in June 2016, Tesla proposed acquiring SolarCity outright. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Layoffs Likely Hitting Solar Panel Divisions, Internal Documents Show," 22 June 2018 Aspiring to Address the Practical The project honestly and directly described the identity crisis, though not necessarily in outright Trump-like fashion. Michael E. Hartmann, National Review, "America’s Identity Crisis," 6 Feb. 2018 Abramson’s book delves into the erosion — or outright dismissal — of facts and fact-checking, something that The Washington Post and The New York Times do every time President Donald Trump speaks. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Jill Abramson is dealing with every journalist’s biggest nightmare," 20 Feb. 2019 If no one wins an outright majority, the top two finishers will face off in a runoff election Oct. 28. Fox News, "Suspect in Brazil candidate stabbing moved to new prison," 8 Sep. 2018 On Sunday, Mexico held a historic presidential election: the leftist candidate Andres Manuel López Obrador won an outright majority of the vote, a rarity in Mexico's multi-party system. Luke Darby, GQ, "Mexico's New President Is a Leftist Who Despises Trump and Vowed to Slash His Own Salary in Half," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of outright


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of outright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a full and complete way
: quickly and completely : not gradually
: in one payment of money



English Language Learners Definition of outright (Entry 2 of 2)

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


out·​right | \ au̇t-ˈrīt How to pronounce outright (audio) \

Kids Definition of outright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.


out·​right | \ ˈau̇t-ˌrīt How to pronounce outright (audio) \

Kids Definition of outright (Entry 2 of 2)

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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