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

Definition of truthful

: telling or disposed to tell the truth a truthful witness

Other Words from truthful

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

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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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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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19 Jul 2022

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“Truthful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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