straightforward

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adjective

straight·​for·​ward ˌstrāt-ˈfȯr-wərd How to pronounce straightforward (audio)
ˈstrāt-ˌfȯr-
1
a
: free from evasiveness or obscurity : exact, candid
a straightforward account
2
: proceeding in a straight course or manner : direct, undeviating
straightforwardly adverb
straightforwardness noun

straightforward

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adverb

variants or less commonly straightforwards
: in a straightforward manner

Example Sentences

Adjective Using the computer program is fairly straightforward. He was very straightforward with us. She gave a straightforward account of what happened. Adverb she finally told him straightforward that she wasn't interested in a date
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The process is straightforward and should only take a few minutes of your time to complete. cleveland, 18 Nov. 2022 Grimes’ directive was straightforward: help Williams ramp up his style and push him out of his usual comfort zone. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 17 Nov. 2022 The question Maryam poses is straightforward: Why not stand for democracy? Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 Having said that, getting started isn’t straightforward, especially now—many servers are overrun with new users. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2022 But its journey from an exhibit to a standalone museum wasn't straightforward. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 16 Nov. 2022 The Cayman's standard touchscreen infotainment system is straightforward and offers generally quick response times to user inputs. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 15 Nov. 2022 Planning the path hasn’t been straightforward, Barloga said. Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022 The techniques are straightforward, the ingredient lists kept as short as possible, and the recipes developed with one goal in mind: easy and delicious results year after year. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2022
Adverb
The questions range from straightforward to super difficult, so this isn't a game that will get boring quickly. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 4 Nov. 2022 The processes typically take between six months and a year, depending on how straightforward the project is and whether the site needs to be rezoned, according to Deputy City Manager Alan Stephenson. Juliette Rihl, The Arizona Republic, 11 Oct. 2022 Cricut Design Space makes the process fairly straightforward. Custom Stickers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 If your plan is to run a newsletter as a hobby, Substack is perfect—it’s free, easy to set up, and makes sending out emails and building a subscriber base fairly straightforward. WIRED, 15 Sep. 2022 For one, capping prices is straightforward relative to alternative approaches, such as reforming wholesale power markets. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 Rinto and Lawson describe Gerhardstein with many of the same words: straightforward, balanced, well-prepared. The Enquirer, 30 Aug. 2022 Setting the stage with a presence that moved beyond the digital world, Darrison gave in-person audience goers straightforward call-to-action tactics to kick up digital and social media marketing for their business. Tiyana Jordan, Essence, 5 Aug. 2022 Our testers found the three-step setup to be simple to follow and scheduling routines straightforward. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 14 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of straightforward was in 1790

Dictionary Entries Near straightforward

Cite this Entry

“Straightforward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straightforward. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

straightforward 1 of 2

adjective

straight·​for·​ward (ˈ)strāt-ˈfȯr-wərd How to pronounce straightforward (audio)
1
: outspoken, candid
a straightforward reply
2
: proceeding in a straight course or manner : direct
straightforwardly adverb
straightforwardness noun

straightforward

2 of 2

adverb

variants also straightforwards
: in a straightforward manner

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