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

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 While the numbers seem straightforward, the marginal federal tax rates are complex to calculate. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Does a 401(k) plan still make sense for you? It might, or might not," 31 July 2020 But the transition isn’t straightforward as the smaller molecules can pass through valves and seals designed for natural gas, and hydrogen is notoriously volatile. Anna Shiryaevskaya,, "Hydrogen’s Future May Follow Path Blazed by Natural Gas," 30 July 2020 This is straightforward for some of us: remodeling work, cars or equipment to tinker with, a backlog of ammunition to handload, or easy access to a fishing lake. Popular Science, "How to avoid cabin fever (from someone who lives in an actual cabin)," 1 May 2020 The goals of the contests are straightforward: to encourage creativity and to pass the time. Matt Villano, CNN, "5 Lego challenges to make a stay-at-home summer fly," 10 July 2020 All things considered, the Chopper feels like a fun way to ramp up relatively straightforward workouts. Freya Drohan, CNN Underscored, "The Chopper workout axe helps you cut calories right at home," 8 July 2020 These missions were straightforward: Bully public health officials into supporting their demands. Richard Pan, STAT, "Death threats, shoves, and throwing blood: Anti-vaxxers’ bullying of public health officials endangers our country," 26 June 2020 On April 8, the Health Department’s senior official for emergency preparedness, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, issued a short, seemingly straightforward set of recommendations for the state’s prisons and jails. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Inside the U.S.’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison, COVID-19 Raged. Outside, Officials Called Their Fight a Success.," 24 June 2020 Changing the design for the toilet interface is a relatively straightforward way to improve an astronaut’s health. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Why NASA Designed a New $23 Million Space Toilet," 22 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb New technologies, including CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, can make genetic modification relatively straightforward. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "Plants Have Hormones, Too, and Tweaking Them Could Improve Food Supply," 30 July 2020 In addition, Iceland, as Kolbert mentions, possesses one of the most genetically homogeneous populations in the world—a fact that must have made virus sequencing more straightforward. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 29 June 2020 What Cowboys have gained McCoy and Clinton-Dix aren’t straightforward better or worse players than Collins and Heath, respectively. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Can Dallas Cowboys recover from free agency losses? How Mike McCarthy could handle attrition," 23 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of straightforward was in 1790

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4 Aug 2020

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“Straightforward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce straightforward (audio)

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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