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ADJECTIVE (3)

1. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion;
- Example: "blunt talking and straight shooting"
- Example: "a blunt New England farmer"
- Example: "I gave them my candid opinion"
- Example: "forthright criticism"
- Example: "a forthright approach to the problem"
- Example: "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"
- Example: "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"
- Example: "plainspoken and to the point"
- Example: "a point-blank accusation"
[syn: blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder]

2. informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared;
- Example: "a candid photograph"
- Example: "a candid interview"

3. openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness;
- Example: "his candid eyes"
- Example: "an open and trusting nature"
- Example: "a heart-to-heart talk"
[syn: candid, open, heart-to-heart]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Candid \Can*did\ (k[a^]n"d[i^]d), a. [F. candide (cf. It. candido), L. candidus white, fr. cand[=e]re to be of a glowing white; akin to accend[e^]re, incend[e^]re, to set on fire, Skr. chand to shine. Cf. Candle, Incense.] 1. White. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The box receives all black; but poured from thence, The stones came candid forth, the hue of innocence. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. "Candid and dispassionate men." --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] 3. Open; frank; ingenuous; outspoken. Syn: Fair; open; ingenuous; impartial; just; frank; artless; unbiased; equitable. Usage: Candid, Fair, Open, Frank, Ingenuous. A man is fair when he puts things on a just or equitable footing; he is candid when be looks impartially on both sides of a subject, doing justice especially to the motives and conduct of an opponent; he is open and frank when he declares his sentiments without reserve; he is ingenuous when he does this from a noble regard for truth. Fair dealing; candid investigation; an open temper; a frank disposition; an ingenuous answer or declaration. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

candid adj 1: 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" [syn: blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight- from-the-shoulder] 2: informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared; "a candid photograph"; "a candid interview" 3: openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; "his candid eyes"; "an open and trusting nature"; "a heart-to-heart talk" [syn: candid, open, heart-to-heart]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

227 Moby Thesaurus words for "candid": Olympian, Spartan, aboveboard, accessible, all jaw, approachable, artless, ascetic, austere, authentic, bald, bare, bluff, blunt, bona fide, born yesterday, broad, brusque, card-carrying, chatty, childlike, common, commonplace, communicative, confiding, conversable, conversational, demonstrative, detached, dinkum, direct, disinterested, dispassionate, downright, dry, dull, effusive, equal, equitable, expansive, explicit, extroverted, fair, flip, fluent, following the letter, forthright, frank, frankhearted, free, free hand, free-acting, free-going, free-moving, free-speaking, free-spoken, free-tongued, freehanded, gabby, garrulous, gassy, genuine, glib, good, gossipy, gregarious, guileless, gushy, heart-to-heart, homely, homespun, honest, honest-to-God, impartial, impersonal, impromptu, inartificial, informal, ingenu, ingenuous, innocent, just, lawful, lean, legitimate, lifelike, literal, lofty, long-winded, loquacious, matter-of-fact, multiloquent, multiloquious, naive, native, natural, naturalistic, neat, neutral, newsy, objective, open, openhearted, original, outgoing, outspoken, overtalkative, plain, plain-speaking, plain-spoken, prolix, prosaic, prosing, prosy, pure, real, realistic, rightful, round, rustic, scrupulous, self-revealing, self-revelatory, selfless, severe, simon-pure, simple, simple-speaking, simplehearted, simpleminded, sincere, single-hearted, single-minded, smooth, sober, sociable, spare, stark, sterling, straight, straight-out, straightforward, sure-enough, talkative, talky, transparent, true to life, true to nature, true to reality, trustful, trusting, truthful, unadorned, unadulterated, unaffected, unartificial, unassumed, unassuming, unbiased, unbigoted, uncalculated, uncalculating, unchecked, uncolored, unconcealed, unconcocted, unconstrained, uncontrived, uncopied, uncounterfeited, undeceitful, undeceiving, undisguised, undisguising, undissembled, undissembling, undistorted, unequivocal, unexaggerated, unfabricated, unfanciful, unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious, unflattering, unguarded, unhampered, unimaginative, unimagined, unimitated, uninfluenced, uninvented, unpoetical, unprejudiced, unpremeditated, unpretended, unpretending, unpretentious, unqualified, unrepressed, unreserved, unrestrained, unrestricted, unreticent, unromantic, unsecretive, unselfish, unshrinking, unsilent, unsimulated, unsophisticated, unspecious, unsuppressed, unsuspicious, unswayed, unsynthetic, unvarnished, unwary, upright, verbal, verbatim, verbose, veridical, verisimilar, voluble, windy, word-for-word