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

b : clear-cut, precise

2 : proceeding in a straight course or manner : direct, undeviating


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


straightforwardly adverb
straightforwardness noun

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

The pool out back seems to be the most straightforward element of the whole home. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "This eclectic, circular midcentury house could be yours for $1.7M," 16 Aug. 2018 This is the most straightforward explanation for the company’s shift on bots. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Twitter Good Now?," 13 July 2018 For all the ambiguous, suspicious facts surrounding Trump’s ties to Russia, Manafort’s role is the most straightforward. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 But even the most straightforward subscription usually involves a less obvious cost: letting the carrier perform a detailed inspection of your credit history. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "Switching wireless plans can mean having to expose your 'hard' credit record," 25 June 2018 Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading in Britain, sought to illustrate this warming in the most straightforward way possible. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Climate change in the United States presented in 123 red, white and blue stripes," 24 May 2018 The myth of Jason is one of the most straightforward stories ever told: A boy learns of his special destiny to become king, is sent on a quest for one of history’s first MacGuffins, has to fight stuff to get it, wins. Trevor Fraser,, "Review: Jason and the Argonauts - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 Marrying into a family whose identity demands the effacement of your own is a tricky venture in the most straightforward of circumstances. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Royal Romance," 11 May 2018 The most powerful work in the exhibition, though, is the most straightforward as a document. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gagosian Gallery trains its lens on photography," 2 May 2018

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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 \

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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