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 Matters of legal procedure often lend themselves to obfuscation, but the Flynn case is pretty straightforward. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "The Michael Flynn Dismissal Is Another Shot in Trump’s War on the Mueller Investigation," 8 May 2020 Though its website is clogged with business-to-business doublespeak, if Autobidder's overall behavior at that battery farm is any indication, the model itself is pretty straightforward. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Would Like to Help You Trade Energy," 4 May 2020 Paddle Length Choosing the right length paddle is pretty straightforward. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Consider Before Buying Kayak Paddles," 4 May 2020 Keeping yourself from getting scammed out of your stimulus payment or personal information is a pretty straightforward affair. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Scammers Could Be After Your Stimulus Check. Here's How to Avoid Them," 27 Apr. 2020 For those of us who aren't on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic as essential workers, the best way to help out has been pretty straightforward: practice social distancing by staying home. Claire Gillespie,, "Donating Plasma for COVID-19 Patients: Everything You Need to Know," 20 Apr. 2020 The racial dynamics underlying the 2016 vote make for a pretty straightforward chapter in the 2020 Biden playbook. John A. Farrell, The New Republic, "TNR Newsletters. Must reads. 5 days a week.," 16 Apr. 2020 Kenleigh said his one-man screening and testing process will be pretty straightforward. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "An Indianapolis doctor is offering $100 drive-thru coronavirus tests to the public," 1 Apr. 2020 This is pretty straightforward, but there is a nice little joke in there about Brooks and a few other comedians his age. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Celebrities are warning us about coronavirus. We ranked their best and worst PSAs," 1 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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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30 May 2020

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“Straightforward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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