truth·​ful | \ ˈtrüth-fəl How to pronounce truthful (audio) \

Definition of truthful

: telling or disposed to tell the truth a truthful witness

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Other Words from truthful

truthfully \ ˈtrüth-​fə-​lē How to pronounce truthfully (audio) \ adverb
truthfulness noun

Examples of truthful in a Sentence

We were not entirely truthful with her about where we went last night. I like keeping the house clean but, to be truthful, I hate vacuuming.
Recent Examples on the Web Officials determined the officers had not been truthful about the injury. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Cleveland settles two lawsuits over 2017 arrest that led to excessive force complaint, officers’ suspensions," 25 Nov. 2019 But Joe Cortright, a Portland economist who was a vocal critic of the Columbia River Crossing project, said the states were not truthful about the reimbursement timetable. oregonlive, "No option but to build a new Interstate Bridge, governors say," 19 Nov. 2019 How to Get Away With Murder has been very truthful about how that is handled. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How to Get Away With Murder's Marsha Stephanie Blake talks Vivian's motives and mixed signals," 4 Oct. 2019 Troconis was interviewed at least three times by state police detectives, but admitted to not being truthful about certain things in early interviews. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Michelle Troconis, girlfriend of Fotis Dulos, appears briefly in court on new charge stemming from disappearance of New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos," 18 Sep. 2019 Consumers may come to lack confidence that reviews are truthful. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Sunday Riley Settles with FTC After the Brand Encouraged Employees to Write Fake Sephora Reviews," 22 Oct. 2019 Political ads are treated differently than commercial ads on Facebook, which are subjected to fact checkers and are required to be truthful. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Facebook Has Run an Ad Falsely Claiming Sean Hannity Is Trump’s New Running Mate for Almost a Week," 26 Nov. 2019 Records show that the judge then called out two men for not being truthful during jury selection and forced one of them to perform 20 hours of community service. Marc Freeman,, "Judge who drew fire for jailing jurors has faced criticism before," 18 Oct. 2019 But sometimes there is a problem: Teenagers aren't always truthful. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'These kids have all vaped': Wisconsin doctors describe how they uncovered a sudden surge of mystery lung illnesses," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of truthful

circa 1567, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of truthful was circa 1567

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16 Jan 2020

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“Truthful.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce truthful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of truthful

: telling the truth
: containing or expressing the truth


truth·​ful | \ ˈtrüth-fəl How to pronounce truthful (audio) \

Kids Definition of truthful

: telling or being in the habit of telling facts or making statements that are true

Other Words from truthful

truthfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
truthfulness noun

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