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

Its framework is provided by these straightforward questions: Does my business help humanity succeed on this one planet? Fortune, "We Don’t Live on 1.75 Earths—but We Act Like We Do," 29 July 2019 The conflict between the two branches of government is fairly straightforward. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "In Providence, mayor and City Council just can’t seem to get along," 3 July 2019 Compared to pricing algorithms, customer ratings of the type that worried my repairman should be fairly straightforward. Joshua Brustein, latimes.com, "The downside of working for an algorithm," 26 June 2019 Aaronson’s protocol to generate randomness is fairly straightforward. Quanta Magazine, "How to Turn a Quantum Computer Into the Ultimate Randomness Generator," 19 June 2019 Owners of would-be voucher schools need only fill out a 16-page document with straightforward questions, many satisfied with yes/no answers. Kim Chatelain, nola.com, "Edwards vows to push for changes to Louisiana voucher program after news investigation reveals flaws," 18 June 2019 The concept of the amusement park staple is fairly straightforward. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "America's top log flume rides: Five of our favorites, from Splash Mountain to Ripsaw Falls," 17 June 2019 In the past, figuring out what to do with your money was fairly straightforward. The Editors, Town & Country, "Financial Advice for the Modern Family," 14 June 2019 Until recently, the business of making consumer staples was fairly straightforward: Products were sold through supermarkets with no direct contact with shoppers, while billion-dollar ad budgets kept top-line growth at a steady 5-6%. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "New Consumer CEOs Are Getting Tougher, Shorter Jobs," 15 Feb. 2019

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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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