truth·​ful | \ˈtrüth-fəl \

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 \ adverb
truthfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for truthful


honest, veracious


dishonest, fibbing, lying, mendacious, prevaricating, untruthful

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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.

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, law professor, Stetson University If federal prosecutors are really going after lying to Congress, that could open up an entirely new front of liability for lots of less than truthful witnesses. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Brett Kavanaugh perjury controversy, explained by 4 legal scholars," 7 Sep. 2018 To say that the cancer didn't play a part wouldn't be truthful. Denise Albert, Good Housekeeping, "I'm Learning to Date Again After Cancer Killed My Relationship," 5 Aug. 2016 One of those is a feature that asks users to vote on how truthful certain news stories are. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Has a Secret 'Trustworthiness Score' For Users," 21 Aug. 2018 To turn your back on the accepted science that humans are affecting climate and that this is having incredibly devastating effects is just political and isn’t truthful to what’s happening. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Darren Aronofsky Recruited Astronauts for Environmental Doc Series 'One Strange Rock'," 31 May 2018 Myers pointed out that Portland's human resources director and its Independent Police Review division upheld the findings that O'Dea was not truthful. Maxine Bernstein,, "Board wants further review of ex-Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea's police certification," 26 Apr. 2018 Very clearly what has been outlined is that Andrew McCabe, according to FBI's own investigators was less than truthful under oath. Fox News, "Rep. Goodlatte calls on DOJ to make Comey memos available," 15 Apr. 2018 Whether the depiction is truthful or inaccurate is unclear. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 But this storytelling is actually based on something beautiful, honest, and truthful., "The Met Gala Curator On The Absence Of Politics From This Year's Exhibition," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of truthful

circa 1567, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of truthful

: telling the truth

: containing or expressing the truth


truth·​ful | \ˈtrüth-fəl \

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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