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Definitiondirectness (honest without subtlety or evasion)
More rarely, forthright may mean to proceed immediately as in: "I shall depart forthright."
- She was characteristically forthright.
- I will do my best to answer these questions in a complete and forthright manner.
- forthright criticism
- a forthright approach to the problem
- spoke forthrightly and to the point
- His sermon was a forthright denunciation of sin, an austere declaration of the motto on the wall behind him: he warned his flock against the evils of heady brews, gambling, and strange women.Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
- There was no doubting that forthright voice of his.Milan Kundera -- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
- And then, in that honest, forthright way of hers, she gave her reasons.Alice Walker -- The Color Purple
- And I had done it in a decent and forthright manner.Richard Wright -- Black Boy
- Even though Mrs. Thatcher was on the opposite side of the ANC on many issues, such as sanctions, she was always a forthright and solicitous lady.Nelson Mandela -- Long Walk to Freedom
- Self-educated, forthright, quite a rebel for her time.Amy Tan -- The Bonesetter's Daughter
- While we are being forthright with each other, I admit that I find it tedious.Megan Whalen Turner -- Queen of Attolia
- The Abnegation aren't manipulative, but they aren't forthright, either.Veronica Roth -- Divergent
- Miss Bradshaw, has my sister driven you out of your wits yet with her forthright manner?Libba Bray -- A Great and Terrible Beauty
- Eugene's touch, his push, now seemed judicious; and he pushed forthrightly to propel the old fellow across the street at the next crossing.Eudora Welty -- The Golden Apples
- I thought her forthright enough to do so.Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
- Eugene's touch, his push, now seemed judicious; and he pushed forthrightly to propel the old fellow across the street at the next crossing.Eudora Welty -- The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
- Her tone was forthright, even defiant.Ian McEwan -- Atonement
- Never once did he honestly, or to put it more accurately, forthrightly and courageously or coldly face the thought of committing so grim a crime.Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
- "No need," Buttercup said, because she knew, as did everyone, that the Prince was more forthright than any Florinese.William Goldman -- The Princess Bride
forthright = direct (without subtlety)