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Forthright and Honest Definitions

Forthright

Direct and without evasion; straightforward
A forthright appraisal.
Forthright criticism.

Honest

Marked by or displaying integrity; upright
An honest lawyer.

Forthright

Straightforward; not evasive; candid and direct.
The witness was considered eminently credible thanks to her forthright answers.

Honest

Not deceptive or fraudulent; genuine
Honest weight.

Forthright

Frank, outspoken.
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Honest

Equitable; fair
Honest wages for an honest day's work.

Forthright

Markedly simple.

Honest

Characterized by truth; not false
Honest reporting.

Forthright

Fixed; settled; decided.

Honest

Sincere; frank
An honest critique.
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Forthright

(archaic) Proceeding straight forth.

Honest

Of good repute; respectable.

Forthright

(archaic) A straight path.

Honest

Without affectation; plain
Honest folk.

Forthright

Expressly, frankly, unhesitatingly.
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Honest

Virtuous; chaste.

Forthright

At once, forthwith.

Honest

(of a person or institution) Scrupulous with regard to telling the truth; not given to swindling, lying, or fraud; upright.
We’re the most honest people you will ever come across.

Forthright

Swiftly.

Honest

(of a statement) True, especially as far as is known by the person making the statement; fair; unbiased.
An honest account of events
Honest reporting

Forthright

(archaic) Straight forward, in a straight direction.

Honest

In good faith; without malice.
An honest mistake

Forthright

Straight forward; in a straight direction.

Honest

(of a measurement device) Accurate.
An honest scale

Forthright

Direct; straightforward; as, a forthright man.
They were Night and Day, and Day and Night,Piligrims wight with steps forthright.

Honest

Authentic; full.
An honest day’s work

Forthright

A straight path.
Here's a maze trod, indeed,Through forthrights and meanders!

Honest

Earned or acquired in a fair manner.
An honest dollar

Forthright

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

Honest

Open; frank.
An honest countenance

Forthright

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

Honest

(obsolete) Decent; honourable; suitable; becoming.

Honest

(obsolete) Chaste; faithful; virtuous.

Honest

(obsolete) To adorn or grace; to honour; to make becoming, appropriate, or honourable.

Honest

(colloquial) Honestly; really.
It wasn’t my fault, honest.

Honest

Decent; honorable; suitable; becoming.
Belong what honest clothes you send forth to bleaching!

Honest

Characterized by integrity or fairness and straightforwardness in conduct, thought, speech, etc.; upright; just; equitable; trustworthy; truthful; sincere; free from fraud, guile, or duplicity; not false; - said of persons and acts, and of things to which a moral quality is imputed; as, an honest judge or merchant; an honest statement; an honest bargain; an honest business; an honest book; an honest confession.
An honest man's the noblest work of God.
An honest physician leaves his patient when he can contribute no farther to his health.
Look ye out among you seven men of honest report.
Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Honest

Open; frank; as, an honest countenance.

Honest

Chaste; faithful; virtuous.
Wives may be merry, and yet honest too.

Honest

To adorn; to grace; to honor; to make becoming, appropriate, or honorable.

Honest

Not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent;
Honest lawyers
Honest reporting
An honest wage
Honest weight

Honest

Without dissimulation; frank;
My honest opinion

Honest

Worthy of being depended on;
A dependable worker
An honest working stiff
A reliable source of information
He was true to his word
I would be true for there are those who trust me

Honest

Free from guile;
His answer was simple and honest

Honest

Without pretensions;
Worked at an honest trade
Good honest food

Honest

Habitually speaking the truth;
An honest man
A veracious witness

Honest

Marked by truth;
Gave honest answers

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