V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: honest, direct, and not evasive in expressing one's thoughts or feelings

Synonyms: direct, honest, sincere, straightforward, frank, candid

Antonyms: indirect, dishonest, deceitful, insincere

Tips: Being forthright is something you want out of a leader or an employee. Forthright is a more sophisticated way of saying "direct and honest." Forthright is synonymous with candid and frank. If you are forthright, you are honest and direct in a noble manner. If you are candid, you are being honest and open and sharing information that you might otherwise be reluctant to tell. If you are being frank, you are being honest and direct, and you're not worried about offending someone.

Usage Examples:

My parents said that if I'm honest and forthright with them, they would help me no matter what situation I was in. (honest, not evasive)

The President of the United States must be forthright with the American people when justifying going to war. (direct, not evasive)

When giving a performance review, I have to be forthright, so I often provide my employees with constructive criticism. (honest, direct, candid)

Well, at least she was forthright when she told me she hated my new hair-style. (honest, frank)

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