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

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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Three federal trial judges have ruled that the evidence in the record demonstrated that Ross was not being truthful. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme court leaves citizenship question on census in doubt," 27 June 2019 Her home was a haven where family and neighbors knew they would be received with a smile, listened to with genuine interest, given truthful practical advice and most importantly loved., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/15," 15 June 2019 Was the originally truthful legislator who became a patho on the 35th day among those who resigned? Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘The Bulldogs That Bulldogs Fight’," 16 May 2019 Some 62% of Americans disagreed with the idea that Mr. Trump has been honest and truthful in the investigation, compared with 56% in an August survey of registered voters. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, "Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Economy, Trump Presidency, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds," 16 Dec. 2018 Cardi would very likely give a much better, much more truthful rebuttal to a State of the Union address, which Trump has now agreed to postpone after trading a series of aggressive letters with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Vogue, "Stephen Colbert (And Thousands of Other People) Want Cardi B to Give the State of the Union Rebuttal," 24 Jan. 2019 That would have been him hedging or not being truthful or honest or whatever. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate has asked his squad to be truthful about their fitness ahead of a crucial World Cup quarter-final with Sweden., "Gareth Southgate Urges England Players to Be Honest About Their Fitness Ahead of Quarter-Final," 6 July 2018 First, as suggested by researchers with the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, the FDA could sanction a third-party advisory body to determine whether the clinical evidence or other information is truthful and not misleading. John Osborn, STAT, "FDA allows off-label health care economic discussions. Is there more to come?," 29 June 2018

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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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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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