[ US /ˈfɔɹˈθɹaɪt/ ]
[ UK /fˈɔːθɹa‍ɪt/ ]
  1. directly and without evasion; not roundabout
    the responsibility lies squarely with them
    spoke forthright (or forthrightly) and to the point
    to face a problem squarely
  1. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
    a point-blank accusation
    a forthright approach to the problem
    forthright criticism
    tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank
    it is possible to be outspoken without being rude
    blunt talking and straight shooting
    a blunt New England farmer
    I gave them my candid opinion
    plainspoken and to the point
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How To Use forthright In A Sentence

  • Didn't prevaricate but answered forthrightly and honestly.
  • I thought about Clinton and how weak of attempt he made when asking for forgiveness and how he was not forthright from the get go in regards to his ex marital affair. Archive 2008-03-01
  • He needed intelligently and forthrightly to answer her charges and demonstrate sympathy for her embattled position.
  • Secretary Small and Deputy Secretary Burke have exhibited a head-in-the-sand attitude toward wrongdoing at their agency; they have engaged in stonewalling and spin rather than dealing forthrightly with the discrimination that has occurred. Another Government Report Supports Sternberg
  • Thompson, who impresses with his vigour, drive and forthrightness, should not be hung out to dry for doing what, in all honesty, any new owner would have undertaken.
  • They ought to be demanding that the presidential candidates speak out forthrightly on these issues.
  • He has the assertive, husky voice and the confident, forthright manner of an athlete.
  • Below this formal structure lies a crucial reality, which Penn is almost alone in forthrightly disclosing: students have a much better chance of being admitted if they apply early decision than if they wait to join the regular pool. The Early-Decision Racket
  • The teacher dropped the ball and now the kid gets kicked in the proverbial "nads" for being forthright. Minnesota Student Suspeded For Leaving Bow In Car
  • Another former Foster employee, who declined to be named, was more forthright.
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