truthful

adjective
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 Collectors must be truthful, including about details of the debt. Sean Pyles, oregonlive, "3rd-party debt collectors hounding you? New rules say what they can, can’t do," 13 Nov. 2020 Twitter users often accept a flawed syllogism by using a conclusion as one of the premises – namely, that the platform spreads truthful information. Aaron Duncan, The Conversation, "Rumors of Chris Pratt’s being a ‘MAGA Bro’ show how Twitter’s trending function can go haywire," 29 Oct. 2020 The candidates swiped at each other over the need to be truthful with the public after last week's acrimonious debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Kamala Harris's niece fires off expletive-laden tweet at Pence," 7 Oct. 2020 Klein defended it as sharing truthful information and an additional perspective, as journalists are taught. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "ASU journalism student sues university, claiming First Amendment violation in fallout from controversial tweet," 14 Oct. 2020 The government should provide truthful, reliable information about the disease. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | LYNN FOSTER: Your vote counts," 10 Oct. 2020 The best way to combat misinformation is with good, solid truthful information. oregonlive, "Here is how the 2 candidates running for Oregon secretary of state say they’d do the job," 9 Oct. 2020 In upsetting but truthful scenes, the work is staged for mostly white audiences, who revel in the faux-authenticity on display. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Breezy Netflix Comedy About Not Knowing What to Do With Your Life," 9 Oct. 2020 Employers often make that practice their policy to minimize the risk of lawsuits, but they aren’t prohibited from saying negative things that are truthful. Washington Post, "I think my old boss is sabotaging my job search," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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“Truthful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truthful. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for truthful

truthful

adjective
How to pronounce truthful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of truthful

: telling the truth
: containing or expressing the truth

truthful

adjective
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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