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 straightforwards (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

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


Using the computer program is fairly straightforward. He was very straightforward with us. She gave a straightforward account of what happened.


she finally told him straightforward that she wasn't interested in a date
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But picking up conducting is not as straightforward as picking up an instrument. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, "Training the next generation at the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Conducting Seminar," 2 July 2019 Buying Frontier tickets at the airport Frontier Airlines' process is a little less straightforward. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "I got a $21 Vegas-to-Phoenix flight by buying at the airport. Here's how you can too.," 2 July 2019 Of course — with evil villains being involved and all — things aren’t quite as straightforward as Mal hopes and soon enough the VK gang is facing even bigger challenges — including pirates and dragons! Ruth Kinane,, "First trailer for Descendants 3 has pirates, dragons, and really great hair," 17 June 2019 The typical skip-care routine pares it down to the hard-working basics, which can be as straightforward as just a cleanser, moisturizer or serum, and one multi-tasking product in between. Allure, "What You Need to Know About The “Skip Care” Skin-Care Trend," 14 June 2019 But the ethics of this practice are less straightforward. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Artificial Intelligence Generates Humans’ Faces Based on Their Voices," 13 June 2019 But, while the movie brings matters to an appropriate conclusion, things weren't quite that straightforward in the comic book version of the story. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Dark Phoenix' Comic Nearly Broke a Marvel Writer," 7 June 2019 Although scientists remain uncertain of the Nazca Lines’ exact purpose, the mechanics of their production are fairly straightforward. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Scientists Identify Exotic Birds Depicted in Peru’s Mysterious Nazca Lines," 22 June 2019 At first, the chasm between Toby and Rachel seems straightforward. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "A busted marriage examined in Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s sharp 'Fleishman Is in Trouble'," 17 June 2019

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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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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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to complain fretfully

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