straight·​for·​ward | \ˌstrāt-ˈfȯr-wərd, ˈstrāt-ˌfȯr-\

Definition of straightforward 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : free from evasiveness or obscurity : exact, candid a straightforward account

b : clear-cut, precise

2 : proceeding in a straight course or manner : direct, undeviating


variants: or less commonly straightforwards \ˌstrāt-​ˈfȯr-​wərdz \

Definition of straightforward (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a straightforward manner

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Other Words from straightforward


straightforwardly adverb
straightforwardness noun

Examples of straightforward in a Sentence


Using the computer program is fairly straightforward. He was very straightforward with us. She gave a straightforward account of what happened.


she finally told him straightforward that she wasn't interested in a date
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In addition, the teaser gives fans a look at the psychedelic nature of the film, which will disappoint those who are looking for a more straightforward biopic that’s grounded in our reality. Fox News, "Elton John biopic 'Rocketman' drops first teaser trailer," 1 Oct. 2018 Banning plastic straws and replacing them with compostable paper ones or reusable alternatives represents a straightforward way to change consumer behavior with a minimal impact on the city’s food-service industry, Tang said. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF to consider banning plastic straws," 15 May 2018 Hodge’s direction employs some theatrical gestures (mostly from Summerfield and Reed), which appear all the more preposterous given those actors ages and otherwise more straightforward delivery of their lines. Jim Rutter,, "At Hedgerow: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (and, for this play, being youngish)," 6 May 2018 Most everyone has a shimmering cocktail in hand, which have a lot going on: The Chinatown Daiquiri mingles rum with strawberry, honey, lime, ginger, and Sriracha, and that’s one of the more straightforward concoctions. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 The pool out back seems to be the most straightforward element of the whole home. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "This eclectic, circular midcentury house could be yours for $1.7M," 16 Aug. 2018 This is the most straightforward explanation for the company’s shift on bots. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Twitter Good Now?," 13 July 2018 For all the ambiguous, suspicious facts surrounding Trump’s ties to Russia, Manafort’s role is the most straightforward. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 But even the most straightforward subscription usually involves a less obvious cost: letting the carrier perform a detailed inspection of your credit history. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "Switching wireless plans can mean having to expose your 'hard' credit record," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of straightforward


1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1809, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of straightforward

: easy to do or understand : not complicated

: honest and open


straight·​for·​ward | \strāt-ˈfȯr-wərd \

Kids Definition of straightforward

: being clear and honest : frank He gave a straightforward reply.

Other Words from straightforward

straightforwardly adverb speak straightforwardly

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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