straightforward

adjective
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

straightforward

adverb
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

Adjective

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

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

Lori's Fuller House family, on the other hand, had more straightforward remarks about sticking by her side. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart' Star Erin Krakow Speaks Out Amid the Lori Loughlin Drama," 9 Apr. 2019 Some political questions, resolved Politically, the move by the USB-PG isn’t as straightforward. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The new USB4 spec promises a lot: Thunderbolt 3 support, 40Gbps bandwidth, and less confusion," 5 Mar. 2019 There is the obvious, straightforward answer as to why this promotion exists: This is a standard loyalty program with some technomagical fairy dust sprinkled on top. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 Although the mystery has been addressed, the answer remains less than straightforward. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How Lady Gaga Got Her Name and Why She Doesn't Use Her Real One," 3 Jan. 2019 Genetics are a causative factor in ASD but not in a straightforward way—many genes and other factors combine in different ways that can result in the condition. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 The flight was standard and straightforward until we were required to hold over the airport before our approach. Georgia Dean, Condé Nast Traveler, "Co-Piloting a 54-Day Flight With My Dad: Dispatch #4," 3 Oct. 2018 Traditionalists will appreciate a straightforward take on the pink faux-fowls of the past; minimalists might like something a little more stripped-down—literally. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Zombie Flamingos Will Scare The Flock Out Of Your Neighbors This Halloween," 20 Sep. 2018 New American-style bistro with straightforward menu and full bar. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant Review: Detroit's Empire Kitchen & Cocktails has no clothes," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of straightforward

Adjective

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1809, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of straightforward was in 1790

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straightforward

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of straightforward

: easy to do or understand : not complicated
: honest and open

straightforward

adjective
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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