Definitions for openness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•pen*ˈoʊ pən(adj.)

  1. not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway or passageway by a door.

  2. (of a door, window sash, or the like) set so as to permit passage through the opening it can be used to close.

  3. having the interior immediately accessible, as a box with the lid raised.

  4. relatively free of obstructions.

  5. constructed so as not to be fully enclosed:

    an open boat.

  6. having relatively large or numerous spaces, voids, or intervals:

    open ranks of soldiers.

  7. relatively unoccupied by buildings, trees, etc.:

    open country.

  8. not covered or closed; with certain parts apart:

    open eyes.

  9. without a covering, esp. a protective covering; exposed:

    an open wound.

  10. extended or unfolded:

    an open newspaper.

  11. without restrictions as to who may participate:

    an open session.

  12. accessible or available:

    Which job is open?

  13. ready for or carrying on normal trade or business:

    The new store is now open.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  14. not engaged or committed:

    open time.

  15. exposed to general view or knowledge:

    open disregard of the rules.

  16. unreserved, candid, or frank, as a person or speech.

  17. generous, liberal, or bounteous:

    to give with an open hand.

  18. liable or subject:

    open to question.

  19. undecided; unsettled:

    several open questions.

  20. without effective or enforced legal, commercial, or moral regulations:

    an open town.

  21. unguarded by an opponent:

    An open receiver caught the pass.

  22. noting the part of the sea beyond headlands or enclosing areas of land.

  23. free of navigational hazards:

    an open coast.

  24. not yet balanced or adjusted, as an account.

  25. (of a vowel) articulated with a relatively large opening above the tongue or with a relatively large oral aperture, as the vowel sound of cot; low. (of a syllable) ending with a vowel.

    Category: Phonetics

    Ref: Compare close (def. 50). 58; Compare closed (def. 6). 6

  26. (of a compound word) written with the constituent words separated by a space, as

    police officer.

    Category: Grammar

  27. Music. (of a string) not stopped by a finger.

    Category: Music and Dance

  28. Math. (of a set) consisting of points having neighborhoods wholly contained in the set, as the set of points within a circle.

    Category: Math

  29. (of a fabric or weave) so loosely constructed that spaces are visible between warp and filling yarns.

    Category: Textiles

  30. (v.t.)to move (a door, window sash, etc.) from a shut or closed position.

  31. to render (a doorway, window, etc.) unobstructed.

  32. to render the interior of (a box, drawer, etc.) readily accessible.

  33. to make accessible or available:

    to open a port for trade.

  34. to establish for business purposes or for public use:

    to open an office.

  35. to set in action, begin, start, or commence (sometimes fol. by up):

    to open the bidding.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  36. to uncover, lay bare, or expose to view.

  37. to expand, unfold, or spread out:

    to open a map.

  38. to make less compact or less closely spaced:

    to open ranks.

  39. to disclose, reveal, or divulge.

  40. to render (the mind) accessible to knowledge, sympathy, etc.

  41. to make or produce (an opening):

    to open a way through a crowd.

  42. to make an opening in.

  43. Law. to revoke (a decree, judgment, etc.) esp. so as to hear further arguments.

    Category: Law

  44. (v.i.)to become open.

  45. to afford access or have an opening to a place:

    a door that opens into a garden.

  46. (of a building) to open its doors to the public.

  47. to begin, start, or commence:

    The game opened with the national anthem.

  48. to part or seem to part:

    The clouds opened.

  49. to become disclosed or revealed.

  50. to come into view; become more visible or plain.

  51. (of the mind) to become receptive to knowledge, sympathy, etc.

  52. to spread out or expand, as the hand or a fan.

  53. to turn the pages of a book, newspaper, etc.:

    Open to page 22.

  54. to spread or come apart; burst:

    The wound opened.

  55. to become less compact or less closely spaced:

    The ranks began to open.

  56. open up, to make or become open. to begin firing a gun, or the like. to share or become willing to share one's feelings, confidences, etc.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

  57. (n.)an open or clear space.

  58. the open air or the outdoors.

  59. the open water, as of the sea.

  60. an opening or aperture.

  61. an opening or opportunity.

  62. a contest or tournament in which both amateurs and professionals may compete.

    Category: Sport

* Syn: See frank1.

Origin of open:

bef. 900; ME, OE


Princeton's WordNet

  1. openness(noun)

    without obstructions to passage or view

    "the openness of the prairies"

  2. openness, nakedness(noun)

    characterized by an attitude of ready accessibility (especially about one's actions or purposes); without concealment; not secretive

  3. receptiveness, receptivity, openness(noun)

    willingness or readiness to receive (especially impressions or ideas)

    "he was testing the government's receptiveness to reform"; "this receptiveness is the key feature in oestral behavior, enabling natural mating to occur"; "their receptivity to the proposal"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. openness(adjective)ˈoʊ pən

    willingness to be honest and direct

    Her openness was surprising.


  1. openness(Noun)

    Accommodating attitude or opinion, as in receptivity to new ideas, behaviors, cultures, peoples, environments, experiences, etc., different from the familiar, conventional, traditional, or one's own.

  2. openness(Noun)

    The degree to which a person, group, organization, institution, or society exhibits this liberal attitude or opinion.

  3. openness(Noun)

    degree of accessibility to view, use, and modify computer code in a shared environment with legal rights generally held in common and preventing proprietary restrictions on the right of others to continue viewing, using, modifying and sharing that code.

  4. openness(Noun)

    The degree to which a system operates with distinct boundaries across which exchange occurs capable of inducing change in the system while maintaining the boundaries themselves.


  1. Openness

    Openness may also refer to a very general philosophical position from which some individuals and organizations operate, often highlighted by a decision-making process recognizing communal management by distributed stakeholders rather than a centralized authority. Openness could be a synonym of : ⁕Open system : Openness to experience, wiki, direct democracy, open spirituality, respect for all other beings, etc. ⁕Transparency : openness in a utilitarian view : economical openness, open economic or politic data, etc.


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