straightforward

1 of 2

adjective

straight·​for·​ward ˌstrāt-ˈfȯr-wərd How to pronounce straightforward (audio)
ˈstrāt-ˌfȯr-
1
a
: free from evasiveness or obscurity : exact, candid
a straightforward account
2
: proceeding in a straight course or manner : direct, undeviating
straightforwardly adverb
straightforwardness noun

straightforward

2 of 2

adverb

variants or less commonly straightforwards
: in a straightforward manner

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
In the case of image-generating models, revealing bias can be straightforward, or at least somewhat attainable for users with different levels of literacy and tech savviness. Dr. Tal Patalon, Md, Llb, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 The equation here is straightforward: if losses are inevitable, then there should be an environment where each team member, regardless of their position, can weigh in and share their perspectives. Nick Kasmik, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 After watching a few YouTube tutorials on how to use it, our tester found that the tool was straightforward to maneuver and that the results were immediately visible, with noticeable tightness and lift along her jawline and cheekbones. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 My crew says the cabinet was easy and straightforward to build. Amy Panos, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Feb. 2024 As with many garage conversions, demolition was straightforward but site preparation came with unforeseen headaches: The necessary foundation and plumbing work was much more extensive — and costly — than anyone had anticipated. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 The Details: Material: Polypropylene Capacity: 5 and 8 ounces Dishwasher safe: Yes Best for Newborns: Philips Avent Glass Natural Baby Bottle With Natural Response Nipple For our tester, the straightforward and high-quality nature of this Philips Avent bottle was just right for her newborn. Laura Lu, Ms, Parents, 19 Feb. 2024 Traditional Romanian cooking is a collision of Balkan, Ottoman, and Mediterranean influences—soft cheeses, spiced meats, mountains of fresh green herbs, a vivid tradition of pickling and curing—both lush and straightforward. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2024 The case on which Judge Jones was ruling in 2022 was straightforward. Jeffrey Toobin, The New York Review of Books, 15 Feb. 2024
Adverb
Available at Amazon [ Moby Ring Sling ] Not only is this ring sling straightforward to slip on, it’s designed to evenly distribute your baby’s weight across your back, shoulders and hips for optimal support. Bre Richey, Chicago Tribune, 20 Apr. 2023 For starters, microsites keep the user journey straightforward: one action and one outcome. Steve Ohanians, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 This Java Burn review is going to highlight all the ingredients that make fat burning straightforward. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 The sides are flared and gently slope outwards, which makes flipping straightforward, especially since the pan is fairly light. Rennie Dyball, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2023 Pretty straightforward: The Bengals are four-point underdogs against the Rams. Matt Young, Chron, 11 Feb. 2022 This may seem straightforward given the notorious sluggishness of the subjects. Grégory Bulté, Discover Magazine, 5 Feb. 2020 Things start out straightforward with the lunch menu, with prices ranging from $6.99 for the cheapest fish plate (one piece of white fish plus side, hush puppies and a roll) up to $12.99 for the version with a piece of catfish and four fried shrimp. al, 7 Dec. 2022 Legal experts said Friday the couple most likely had a prenuptial agreement, which could make their multimillion dollar divorce fairly straightforward. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of straightforward was in 1790

Dictionary Entries Near straightforward

Cite this Entry

“Straightforward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straightforward. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

straightforward

1 of 2 adjective
straight·​for·​ward (ˈ)strāt-ˈfȯr-wərd How to pronounce straightforward (audio)
1
: outspoken, candid
a straightforward reply
2
: proceeding in a straight course or manner : direct
straightforwardly adverb
straightforwardness noun

straightforward

2 of 2 adverb
variants also straightforwards
: in a straightforward manner

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