straightforward

adjective
straight·​for·​ward | \ ˌstrāt-ˈfȯr-wərd , 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 \

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

Vail’s approach has been relatively straightforward. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Vail Expansion Plan Goes Aggressive and Wipes Out," 11 Dec. 2018 The spacecraft’s mission is relatively straightforward: meet up with an asteroid, scoop up some rocks off of its surface, and then come back to Earth. Loren Grush, The Verge, "After a two-year journey, a NASA spacecraft arrives at its target asteroid," 3 Dec. 2018 The initial orbiter is a relatively straightforward mission. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A Japanese company has announced a long-term plan to develop the Moon," 26 Sep. 2018 Fast forward to 2010 and reigning champions Italy also finished bottom of what seemed like a relatively straightforward group four years after lifting the trophy. SI.com, "World Cup Curse: Germany are Just the Latest Reigning Champions Eliminated in Group Stage," 28 June 2018 Again, though, the sales process will be relatively straightforward. David Murphy, Philly.com, "The Sixers need a leader who is a master of the NBA marketplace | David Murphy," 11 June 2018 But there is a big difference between clothes, which are relatively straightforward to tailor and alter, and shoes, which are solid and composed of multiple materials that require different skills and special equipment to produce. The Economist, "Shoemakers bring bespoke footwear to the high street," 22 May 2018 Santa Fe Grill’s menu is relatively straightforward, with a selection of tacos, burritos and quesadillas among the most popular items. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "It's not Louisville's best Mexican food, but grill near Churchill Downs is a solid option," 25 Apr. 2018 These apps are fine for guiding you when the forecast is relatively straightforward. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Flake news: Please disregard snow total forecasts on your weather apps," 4 Apr. 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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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 \

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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