Definition of


  1. (adj, all) characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
    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. (adj, all) openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
    an open and trusting nature
    a heart-to-heart talk
  3. (adj, all) informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared
    a candid interview

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Candid

Derivations: candidness

Origin of the word Candid

  1. 1630, from L. candidum "white, pure, sincere," from candere "to shine," from PIE base *kand- "to glow, to shine" (see candle). Metaphoric extension to "frank" first recorded 1675. Of photography, 1929. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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