straightforward

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

straightforward

adverb
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

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

This eight-week program is filled with straightforward and fun workouts that focus on cardio and strength (specifically, your arms, legs, abs, and butt). Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About 10 Popular at-Home Workout Programs," 13 Jan. 2019 McCain lost, however, and pretty rapidly abandoned his own onetime climate hawkery as part of a broader trend toward the issue becoming straightforward and polarized. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The best thing you can do to stop climate change is to vote against Republicans," 27 Nov. 2018 The 16-room hideaway is sweet, intimate, and easy to get comfortable in—you'll find that everything is straightforward and seamless. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 The smoked nature of the kale’s vinaigrette is a flavorful change of pace, while the beet salad is straightforward and prepared in the Swedish tradition. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018 Unlike Sam Hunt's bobbing and weaving through the bars of Broadway, Stapleton delivered a relatively simple and straightforward performance, staying relatively stationary on stage with his capo'd acoustic guitar. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "Chris Stapleton Brings 'Millionaire' to 2018 CMT Music Awards," 6 June 2018 Vail’s approach has been relatively straightforward. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Vail Expansion Plan Goes Aggressive and Wipes Out," 11 Dec. 2018 The spacecraft’s mission is relatively straightforward: meet up with an asteroid, scoop up some rocks off of its surface, and then come back to Earth. Loren Grush, The Verge, "After a two-year journey, a NASA spacecraft arrives at its target asteroid," 3 Dec. 2018 The initial orbiter is a relatively straightforward mission. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A Japanese company has announced a long-term plan to develop the Moon," 26 Sep. 2018

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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 \

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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