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

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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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