Definitions for candidˈkæn dɪd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

can•did*ˈkæn dɪd(adj.)

  1. frank; outspoken; open and sincere:

    a candid critic.

  2. free from reservation, disguise, or subterfuge; straightforward:

    a candid opinion.

  3. informal; unposed:

    a candid photo.

  4. honest; impartial:

    a candid mind.

  5. (n.)an unposed photograph.

* Syn: See frank1.

Origin of candid:

1620–30; (< F candide) < L candidus shining white


Princeton's WordNet

  1. blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder(adj)

    characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

    "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation"

  2. candid(adj)

    informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared

    "a candid photograph"; "a candid interview"

  3. candid, open, heart-to-heart(adj)

    openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness

    "his candid eyes"; "an open and trusting nature"; "a heart-to-heart talk"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. candid(adjective)ˈkæn dɪd

    speaking completely truthfully

    candid remarks; as candid as possible


  1. candid(Noun)

    A spontaneous or unposed photograph.

    His portraits looked stiff and formal but his candids showed life being lived.

  2. candid(Adjective)

    Impartial and free from prejudice.

    he knew not where to look for faithful advice, efficient aid, or candid judgement. u2014 Washington Irving u2014 The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus

  3. candid(Adjective)

    Straightforward, open and sincere.

    My candid opinion was that it was all rubbish! u2014 Jules Verne u2014 A Journey To The Center Of The Earth

  4. candid(Adjective)

    Not posed or rehearsed.

    will the introduction of supplementary flash or flood intrude on a candid picture situation or ruin the mood? u2014 Popular Photography (2002)

  5. Origin: From candidus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Candid(adj)


  2. Candid(adj)

    free from undue bias; disposed to think and judge according to truth and justice, or without partiality or prejudice; fair; just; impartial; as, a candid opinion

  3. Candid(adj)

    open; frank; ingenuous; outspoken

Translations for candid

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


saying just what one thinks, without hiding anything

Do you like my hairstyle? Be candid.

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