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

direct, forthright, foursquare, plain, straight

Synonyms: Adverb

directly, forthrightly, foursquare, plain, plainly, straight, straightforwardly

Antonyms: Adjective

circuitous, indirect, roundabout

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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

The Sox spent the last four years with a strong roster foundation that allowed them to place a heavy emphasis on immediate needs that were pursued by Dombrowski in straightforward (and, for three years, effective) fashion., "With the Red Sox preparing for a search for a new head of their baseball operations department, the most obvious question is “Who?” Yet perhaps the more important question, the one that comes before the Red Sox can decide on the person to put in charge of their baseball decisions, is “What?”," 17 Sep. 2019 Detecting trends in deformities among newborns in Germany isn't straightforward, as there is no national register. Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Babies born with deformed hands spark investigation in Germany," 16 Sep. 2019 The staging is straightforward and, at times, the choreography from Joshua Blake Carter is a bit much for everyone to execute at the same moment. Chris Jones,, "At the Paramount in Aurora, a family-fun, visually spectacular ‘Newsies’," 16 Sep. 2019 But jurors say that in the isolation of the courtroom, the case seemed straightforward. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "The search for answers in Colorado mom's shooting death," 24 Aug. 2019 On the surface, that statement seems straightforward. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Angels lease talks: Mayor insists team pays ‘market prices’ for stadium land," 23 Aug. 2019 Selling Pick seems straightforward: Kinema Systems proved the tech’s utility before the company was acquired. James Vincent, The Verge, "Boston Dynamics robots are preparing to leave the lab — is the world ready?," 17 July 2019 County staffers said the application process appeared more straightforward this year, with the program also changed in part to reduce influence over planting decisions. NBC News, "U.S. has paid more than $1M in interest for late bailout payments to farmers," 28 Aug. 2019 Traditional Crock-Pots only have a high-medium-low dial, which is much more straightforward, but is also quite limiting. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "How to Choose Between an Instant Pot and a Crock-Pot," 27 Aug. 2019

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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 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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to fake an opponent out of position

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