hon·​es·​ty | \ ˈä-nə-stē How to pronounce honesty (audio) \
plural honesties

Definition of honesty

1a : adherence to the facts : sincerity doubted the honesty of the witness
b : fairness and straightforwardness of conduct calling for honesty in politics
2 : any of a genus (Lunaria) of European herbs of the mustard family with toothed leaves and flat disk-shaped siliques
3 obsolete : chastity

Choose the Right Synonym for honesty

honesty, honor, integrity, probity mean uprightness of character or action. honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position. integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge. probity implies tried and proven honesty or integrity.

Examples of honesty in a Sentence

She is admired for her kindness and her honesty. He demands honesty from everyone who works for him. He didn't even have enough honesty to tell me he was leaving.
Recent Examples on the Web There is also a lot to learn in terms of honesty within relationships. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2022 And while trust can comprise a number of elements (including product quality, honesty, integrity and goodwill), security is quickly emerging as one of the key pillars of trust. Steve Durbin, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Tabor's judgement was released Wednesday, and states the city purposefully deceived the public and the lack of honesty must be acknowledged. Monica Brich, Arkansas Online, 3 Aug. 2022 There are references to its star’s compulsive lies, comparisons to madman chocolatier Willy Wonka, glimpses of kids’ TV shows preaching the importance of honesty. John Semley, The New Republic, 28 July 2022 Regulators and companies expect honesty and integrity from audit firms and auditors, said Marc Moore, chair of corporate and financial law at the University College London’s law school. Jennifer Williams-alvarez, WSJ, 18 July 2022 That was admittedly a bit uncomfortable, with a handful of the coaches about to be shown the door in the crowd, and fits of brutal honesty spouting from the stage. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 12 July 2022 Or maybe Hogan appreciated an opportunity to play with a man who also was relentless in the pursuit of perfecting his golf swing, and who would become known for the honesty, integrity and character championed in the sport. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2022 First Tee has nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, judgment, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, and courtesy. Chloe Peterson, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of honesty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for honesty

see honest entry 1

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13 Aug 2022

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“Honesty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honesty. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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hon·​es·​ty | \ ˈä-nə-stē How to pronounce honesty (audio) \

Kids Definition of honesty

: the quality or state of being truthful and fair

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