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 straightforward (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

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Although if Rhode Island does lose a congressional seat, the redrawing of the congressional district border will be straightforward., "Rhode Island expected to lose a seat in the US House of Representatives once census data is released," 26 Apr. 2021 But even if this case is straightforward, no Supreme Court case occurs in a vacuum. Allen Dickerson, WSJ, "‘Donor Disclosure’ Chills Free Speech," 25 Apr. 2021 The reason is straightforward: As a group, Whites are aging and producing fewer children. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "The racist 'replacement theory' has it all backward," 23 Apr. 2021 The building blocks of trust are straightforward: be transparent and honest, communicate clearly and often, treat others consistently and equitably. Chris Lowney, Forbes, "Treachery, Trust, And Courage: How To Avoid Organizational Hell," 20 Apr. 2021 Even in conventional computing, proving that your algorithm beats mine isn’t straightforward. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?," 20 Apr. 2021 Some of the science behind these benefits is straightforward: Heat increases the speed at which flour absorbs liquid, and results in a smoother dough with less resting or kneading time. Rachel Wharton, New York Times, "The Secret to Smooth Doughs and Fluffy Bread Is Already at Hand," 16 Apr. 2021 The reasoning was straightforward: The U.S. enjoys significant leadership in some space technologies, including satellites, and much of that technology is proprietary, shared with no other countries. Time, "Why the U.S. and China Should Collaborate in Space," 15 Apr. 2021 Some of Beniston's landlord letters are straightforward, simply asking owners to fix up their properties or consider selling or donating it to the nonprofit. Cary Spivak,, "One way to deal with absentee landlords: Get them to sell or donate their problem properties," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The symbolism of the flag, disarmingly straightforward, is, beneath the painting’s surface, subtly undercut. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘The Free World’ Review: Cold War Culture," 23 Apr. 2021 The case against the fraternity member seemed straightforward. Kenny Jacoby, USA TODAY, "LSU administrator gave rapists, stalkers and other Title IX violators slaps on the wrist," 17 Mar. 2021 The company is well-suited to having all-digital tours during the pandemic and pulling a global pool of wealthy buyers that Roffers said makes the auction process more straightforward compared to traditional sales. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, "140 acres in Marin County once owned by Genentech co-founder being sold at auction," 12 Mar. 2021 Vucevic is earning $26 million, which would make the cap accounting necessary to complete the trade fairly straightforward. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Triple take: Spurs 104, Magic 77," 12 Mar. 2021 Sometimes, the story can grind to a halt, because success isn’t always so straightforward. Matt Gardner, Forbes, "‘Maquette’ Review (PS5): The Finest Indie Game Debut In Years," 1 Mar. 2021 Rosenthal, 30, made the decision sound straightforward Tuesday. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "New closer Trevor Rosenthal: A's 'had the most interest' in free agency," 23 Feb. 2021 As straightforward as this may seem, many humans are still actively racist. cleveland, "‘Ending racism starts with everyday people deciding they will not tolerate racism.’ Tri-C essay second-place winner Elisa Unangst," 15 Jan. 2021 The argument may be more straightforward compared to a potential federal case. Washington Post, "In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor," 3 Jan. 2021

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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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“Straightforward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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