Definitions for: Candid

[adj] 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"
[adj] starkly realistic; "I have never lacked candid critics in my own ranks"-Clement Atlee
[adj] openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; "his candid eyes"; "an open and trusting nature"
[adj] informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared; "a candid photograph"; "a candid interview"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]

The box receives all black; but poured from thence,
The stones came candid forth, the hue of innocence.

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.

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

Synonyms: artless, blunt, direct, forthright, frank, free-spoken, ingenuous, open, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, uncontrived, unflattering, unstudied

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