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 straightforwards (audio) \

Definition of straightforward (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a straightforward manner

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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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First Known Use of straightforward


1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1809, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of straightforward was in 1790

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20 Nov 2020

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“Straightforward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce straightforward (audio)

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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