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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After receiving Bertomeu’s report, though, Francis did an about-face, blaming a ‘‘lack of truthful and balanced information’’ about the case for his missteps. Nicole Winfield,, "Pope’s Chile abuse summit ends amid signs heads will roll," 17 May 2018 This would dramatically curtail the FDA’s ability to limit company communication of any truthful off-label information. John Osborn, STAT, "FDA allows off-label health care economic discussions. Is there more to come?," 29 June 2018 California voters deserve concrete, truthful information to remedy the half truths promoted by their political leaders about the financial, political, environmental and educational situations that exist. sacbee, "Antonia Hernandez," 27 June 2018 Follow the adventures of a claustrophobic Cinderella, a noble steed who dreams of passing the bar exam, a cat named Kevin, and more in this fun and (mostly) truthful homage to the Brothers Grimm. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two musicals on tap this summer at The Box Theatre Co. in Oconomowoc," 25 June 2018 This was a very truthful season of @RuPaulsDragRace @BlairStClair thank you for your honesty. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Reunion: Queens & Celebrities React to Explosive Episode," 22 June 2018 Retired lawyer and real-estate magnate John Cummings used millions of his own money to turn the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana into a museum for teaching a more truthful history of slavery. Jerry Large, The Seattle Times, "Seattle collection of rare artifacts reveals America’s past and present, and how little we know," 18 June 2018 Unfortunately, despite the filmmakers’ clear, creative effort to structure their tale dynamically, the constraints of keeping this true story truthful ultimately make effective pacing a near impossible challenge. Tom Russo,, "‘Adrift’ stays on course, but it’s slow-going," 30 May 2018 Her photo and truthful words brought together thousands of people, who felt comforted and connected, even if just for a little while. Caroline Alkire, Good Housekeeping, "This Photo Reminds Us How Difficult Being a Military Kid Can Really Be," 22 Mar. 2017

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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 \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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