What does forthright mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    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. squarely, forthrightly, forthright(adverb)

    directly and without evasion; not roundabout

    "to face a problem squarely"; "the responsibility lies squarely with them"; "spoke forthright (or forthrightly) and to the point"


  1. forthright(Adjective)

    straightforward; not evasive; characterized by candor and directness

    The witness was considered eminently credible thanks to her forthright answers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forthright(adverb)

    straight forward; in a straight direction

  2. Forthright(adj)

    direct; straightforward; as, a forthright man

  3. Forthright(noun)

    a straight path

  4. Origin: [Forth, adv. + right, adv.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forthright in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forthright in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andrea Lafferty:

    They are not being forthright with the information, they are not telling people the truth. They are bullying parents. They are intimidating and they are threatening.

  2. State Rep. Dan Leonard:

    I learned it on the news, but I didn’t remember that happening, there seems to be more and more times when people are not being forthright with what’s in their bills.

  3. Germany Prime Minister David Cameron:

    We have the character of an island nation - independent, forthright, passionate in defense of our sovereignty - and of institutions that have served us well for many hundreds of years, but we are also an open nation ... And I never want us to pull up the drawbridge and retreat from the world.

  4. Michael Steele:

    In meetings, I've heard Republicans say to me that black people are Republicans, they just don't know it yet. I don't need you to tell me I'm conservative because I go to church. What I like about Rand Paul is that he doesn't make that presumption, he has taken affirmative steps to become more aware of how black people view certain issues. But he has been forthright about what he is willing and capable of doing.

  5. Kelly Ayotte:

    This potential transfer is all the more troubling in light of the fact that Ibrahim al Qosi, who was released from Gitmo by the Obama administration in 2012, is now reportedly a leader and spokesman for AQAP, … The administration has not been forthright with the American people about the terrorist affiliations and activities of these detainees, or provided sufficient assurances that they will not return to the battlefield, particularly given their possible proximity to Yemen.

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