straight·​for·​ward | \ ˌstrāt-ˈfȯr-wərd How to pronounce straightforward (audio) , ˈstrāt-ˌfȯr- \

Definition of straightforward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : free from evasiveness or obscurity : exact, candid a straightforward account
2 : proceeding in a straight course or manner : direct, undeviating


variants: or less commonly straightforwards \ ˌstrāt-​ˈfȯr-​wərdz How to pronounce straightforward (audio) \

Definition of straightforward (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a straightforward manner

Other Words from straightforward


straightforwardly adverb
straightforwardness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for straightforward

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of straightforward in a Sentence

Adjective Using the computer program is fairly straightforward. He was very straightforward with us. She gave a straightforward account of what happened. Adverb she finally told him straightforward that she wasn't interested in a date
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Eventually the film's subtlety gives way to a more straightforward conclusion. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2022 Suffice to say, however, giving robots a human origin story is perhaps rather more straightforward than giving them human facial characteristics. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Posted just hours later, Pink Floyd’s second video is more straightforward in heralding their arrival on the popular social media platform. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 30 May 2022 In Nostalgia, an adaptation of Neapolitan writer Ermanno Rea’s novel, Martone cuts back on some of his recent flourishes to deliver a more straightforward, thriller-esque drama. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 May 2022 Most of her book deals with more straightforward Instant Pot techniques, with 150 recipes that include plenty rooted in Indian traditions, from mushroom masala and vegetable biryani to rajma masala and malai kofta. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, 22 May 2022 The women’s draw is far more straightforward, at least as long as the game’s new queen of clay is here in Boulogne-Billancourt. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 22 May 2022 But Byrne disputes that account, saying his idea was much more straightforward. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 In this case, the math is more straightforward than cutting a pie—at least at first—in two dimensions. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Clearly, Marvel is taking a bit more of an ambitious road than simply going straightforward. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 11 May 2022 For the last few years, the IRS has made telling the federal government about your crypto investments straightforward. Declan Harty, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 That makes experimenting with slow-cooking fairly straightforward. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2021 The why question is, on the surface at least, fairly straightforward. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 9 Apr. 2021 As far as The Hand of God, the story herein sounds pretty straightforward. Andy Meek, BGR, 30 Nov. 2021 Whilst the journey has not been straightforward the company now employs 25 security staff servicing clients across the U.K. and United Arab Emirates. Tommy Williams, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 There are six wine-growing regions in Switzerland, two of them straightforward to reach from one of the country's major airports. Michele Robson, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 These are very exciting and attention-grabbing, but the reality of AI is actually thousands of tools and apps running quietly behind the scenes, making our lives more straightforward by automating simple tasks or making predictions. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Straightforward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for straightforward


straight·​for·​ward | \ strāt-ˈfȯr-wərd How to pronounce straightforward (audio) \

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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