plainspoken

adjective
plain·spo·ken | \ˈplān-ˈspō-kən \

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plainspokenness \ˈplān-ˈspō-kən-nəs \ noun

Examples of plainspoken in a Sentence

a plainspoken woman who never hesitated to speak the unvarnished truth

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Unlike many of the industry’s other plainspoken deflaters of hype and pseudoscience, Suennen is generally careful not to publicly call out specific companies or entrepreneurs. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "The gatekeeper: If you want to make it big in health care, it’ll help to get past Lisa Suennen first," 6 June 2018 And a goalie who is poetry on ice, even if his name and words are decidedly plainspoken. Ann Killion is a San Francisco Chronicle columnist. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Goalie Martin Jones nearly impenetrable in Sharks’ sweep," 18 Apr. 2018 This museum tells the complicated story of suffering with a plainspoken forthrightness that is especially poignant given the general restraint of Japanese culture. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Kusama Museum and art-filled islands, Japan is a paradise for art nerds," 27 Apr. 2018 The mix of stories often revolved around her plainspoken nature and frequent wisecracks, her devotion to a large extended family and her role as astute guardian and fixer who sought to preserve the family’s legacy. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Barbara Bush Remembered as Tough, Loving Matriarch," 21 Apr. 2018 One of just two first ladies to have a child elected president, Barbara Bush was widely admired for her plainspoken style and her advocacy for causes including literacy and AIDS awareness. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Steve Scalise released from hospital after planned surgery," 21 Apr. 2018 Barbara Bush, the former first lady and wife of President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday (April 17) at age 92, leaving behind a legacy as a supportive spouse and plainspoken public figure. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, "Barbara Bush Mourned by Barbra Streisand, Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres & More," 17 Apr. 2018 But that’s the glory of Parks’ writing, Diamond’s direction and the plainspoken intensity of the 12-person cast. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "'Father Comes From the Wars' A Long But Easy To Follow Journey At Yale Rep," 26 Mar. 2018 Seventeen years into the Portland rock eccentrics’ career, Colin Meloy is writing more plainspoken lyrics than ever while his band accesses the joy of ’80s synthpop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Decemberists' Shiny, Happy Protest Album," 16 Mar. 2018

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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plainspoken

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of plainspoken

: expressing opinions, ideas, beliefs, etc., in a simple and honest way

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