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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But the reason that reading scores fell before the pandemic is less straightforward. al, 10 Nov. 2021 The second sushi-shaping factor was more straightforward. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 And Blue Origin gave a more straightforward plan to develop a lunar lander much like those used for the mid-20th century NASA Apollo missions, which remain the only missions that have ever put humans on the moon. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 And key Democrats were also raising concerns about the tax, saying the idea of simply undoing the 2017 tax cuts by raising the top rates was more straightforward and transparent. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Oct. 2021 And key fellow Democrats were also raising concerns about the billionaires' tax, saying the idea of simply undoing the 2017 tax cuts by hiking top rates was more straightforward and transparent. Alan Fram, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2021 But key fellow Democrats are also raising concerns, saying the idea of simply undoing the 2017 tax cuts by hiking top rates was more straightforward and transparent. Lisa Mascaro, Darlene Superville And Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Oct. 2021 The mystery of whatever Monty is up to is balanced by the New York and Tokyo storylines, which are more straightforward. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 Weighing the cost of temporary lost business against the final outcome is a necessary, but usually fairly straightforward, equation. Jason Cottrell, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 Even his more straightforward-sounding dishes sparkle at Daru. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 These crypto exchanges see value in blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies as a new asset class and have made investing in crypto more straightforward. Christopher Miglino, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Their goal is to make things as straightforward as possible. Sarah Bowman, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 Their goal is to make things as straightforward as possible. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Aug. 2021 Sun Red is a straightforward dry red made of equal parts xinomavaro and limniona. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Military campaigns look straightforward to those who plan them. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2021

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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 3 Dec. 2021.

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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 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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