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Definitions of candid

  1. characterized by disconcerting 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. informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared; " a candid photograph"; " a candid interview"
  3. starkly realistic; " I have never lacked candid critics in my own ranks"- Clement Atlee
  4. openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; " his candid eyes"; " an open and trusting nature"
  5. 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".
  6. openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; " his candid eyes"; " an open and trusting nature"; " a heart- to- heart talk"
  7. White.
  8. 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.
  9. Open; frank; ingenuous; outspoken.
  10. Honest; outspoken; sincere; as, a candid opinion.
  11. Candidly.
  12. Candidness.
  13. Frank, ingenuous: free from prejudice: fair, impartial.
  14. Fair; sincere; frank.
  15. Sincere; ingenuous; frank; fair.
  16. Fair; frank; sincere.
  17. Open; sincere; frank; fair; free from malice.
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Quotes of candid

  1. I am what I am and I'm a horrible liar. I can't do it. I'm just very candid – Pamela Anderson
  2. But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send, Save me, oh, save me, from the candid friend! – George Canning
  3. What you have said, Mr. President, fully satisfies me that you have given to every proposition which has been made, a kind and candid consideration. And you have now expressed the conclusion to which you have arrived, clearly and distinctly. – Salmon Portland Chase
  4. We're talking about the lawyers for the United States of America. And I think it's very, very important that the lawyers be comfortable being very candid and open about their views on very sensitive issues affecting the United States. – Alberto Gonzales
  5. Social Security must be preserved and strengthened. But we need to be candid about the costs and willing to make the tough choices that real reform will require. – Lindsey Graham
  6. I look around me and nowhere do I see a stamp of disapproval with which nature marked a woman's candid brow. – Franz Grillparzer
  7. President -elect Bush spoke in a forceful and candid manner that it is his passion that all children should have access to a first class education. – George Miller
  8. Wherefore the race being not to the swift, etc. but time and chance happening to all men, I leave the Judgement of the whole to the Candid of whose correction I shall never be impatient. – William Petty
  9. What scared me in that debate is that it's not about the ownership rules at all. The vast majority of people don't even know what the rules say, to be perfectly candid Name all six of them. – Michael K. Powell
  10. I have always felt that a woman has the right to treat the subject of her age with ambiguity until, perhaps, she passes into the realm of over ninety. Then it is better she be candid with herself and with the world. – Carl Sandburg
  11. Be candid with everyone. – Jack Welch
  12. To be candid with you, free agency hurts all sports. It's great for athletes making an enormous amount of money. But to say it helps the sports, I don't believe that. – Jerry West

Usage examples for candid

  1. " You make me laugh whenever I look at you," was Kathleen's next candid remark. – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  2. Some of the remarks were of a very candid sort, and I believe that if they had been uttered in our House of Representatives they would have attracted attention. – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009
  3. He was so frank, so candid so- so- so affectionate." – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  4. That is my candid opinion of those seven students. – Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore by Pauline Lester
  5. Your candid opinion, my dear, come! – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. As Mary hesitated over her answer he added rather grimly, You can be quite candid about it. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  7. To be candid I no longer see to write. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  8. But Ramon Hamilton looked away from her as he spoke, with a peculiarly significant gleam in his candid eyes. – The Crevice by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  9. " No." " How candid she is!" – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  10. Miss Broughton, be candid too, and say you, at least, will regret me. – Faith and Unfaith by Duchess
  11. After Dr. Nichol's candid and amusing announcement of his scissorial purpose, it is but fair to state that nothing of the kind was ultimately carried into effect, even upon the work in which he found so much to praise. – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  12. Mrs. Simcoe continued: Lawrence Newt, at least let us be candid with each other. – Trumps by George William Curtis
  13. What's your candid opinion, Ratcliffe? – Democracy An American Novel by Henry Adams
  14. The sudden fear wrung this candid confession from the girl. – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  15. Sumner replied that he was an Administration man and that he would give very careful and candid consideration to anything which the President desired. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White
  16. X of course replies, that nothing in the world would give him so much pleasure; and during the first dialogue the candid inquirer appears in the character of D, the devout opponent. – Rome in 1860 by Edward Dicey
  17. " No, that I can't, if she has a mind to come in," was the candid answer. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  18. Rotha's look at her friend was intelligent and candid – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  19. I look into one candid face at least, and think it never has deceived me. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. Considered as a religious movement alone, the enterprise merits a candid and even sympathetic attention. – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes