Definition of openness in English:

openness

noun

mass noun
  • 1Lack of restriction; accessibility.

    ‘our hallmark was openness to all comers’
    ‘the openness of the Internet makes public debate more possible’
    • ‘Greater openness to trade has resulted in a vast increase in world exports and imports.’
    • ‘Though considered by some to be mere tokenism, this openness to Asians has worked to the benefit of many dancers.’
    • ‘The Dutch Government wants to promote openness for public sector information systems.’
    • ‘When the IMF demanded market openness to secure further economic aid, the nation was flooded with powdered milk and now uses it almost exclusively.’
    • ‘The index features 157 countries, ranked according to criteria such as economic openness to foreign investors, and trade policies.’
    • ‘The research investigates the link between productivity growth and the international openness of the UK economy.’
    • ‘Sadly, our relationships and marriages have also changed their form, embracing more openness, as part of modernity.’
    • ‘But strategic redistribution of resources in a way that promotes openness and collaboration could reinvigorate the organization.’
    • ‘Greater openness to developers would be most welcome.’
    • ‘With our openness and inclusivity, we shall confront and overcome all the challenges facing us as a nation.’
    1. 1.1openness to Acceptance of or receptiveness to change or new ideas.
      ‘it is the openness to possibilities that creates great research’
      ‘total openness to all points of view’
      • ‘The prerequisites for growth are the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.’
      • ‘He felt that the genius of literary artists was documented in their openness to the unusual.’
      • ‘"There's an openness to learning about the arts here," says Morr.’
      • ‘Folk come here because they've heard of this exciting experimentation and openness to new ideas and forms.’
      • ‘The advantages of youth are all too visible, and they embrace energy, stamina and an openness to new systems.’
      • ‘Their openness to all kinds of influences has provided them a huge pool to tap into.’
      • ‘What is new, though, is developers' openness to more high-tech green options.’
      • ‘Respondents unanimously rejected maintaining the status quo, expressing instead an openness to, and a desire for, change.’
      • ‘It is not the job of this essay to instruct classical archaeologists on the need for greater interdisciplinary debate or greater openness to diverse approaches.’
      • ‘Indeed, it is this openness to new cultures and ideas - while sharing its own - that effectively defines the island.’
  • 2Lack of secrecy or concealment; frankness.

    ‘a democratic society committed to openness and transparency’
    • ‘He said such behaviour will decrease in society once families start encouraging more openness.’
    • ‘Political reform in the country is fostering greater openness about past atrocities but little accountability.’
    • ‘A mother campaigning for openness surrounding the schools merger says questions remain unanswered.’
    • ‘Perhaps your honesty and openness might help others to deal with their own issues and enjoy a longer life.’
    • ‘If there's anything that binds his music together it's the emotional openness of his lyrics.’
    • ‘Privacy activists are concerned about the lack of openness by governments on what data the chip might contain.’
    • ‘That said, it should be borne in mind that political openness varies a great deal from one country to another.’
    • ‘He convened a task force on greater CIA openness, and there was an acceleration in the declassification of records on past covert operations.’
    • ‘The leadership has chosen to protect secrecy and abuses of power over openness, accountability and freedom.’
    • ‘Because people in this group have offered me their openness and curiosity, I can offer them the same qualities in return.’
  • 3The quality of not being covered with buildings or trees.

    ‘the openness of the Western landscape’
    • ‘Natural light, high ceilings, and an air of openness create generous spaces for eating, drinking, and relaxing.’
    • ‘Our goal is to bring empty buildings back into productive use, whilst protecting the openness of the countryside and our National Parks.’
    • ‘Any new buildings would be quite modest and low level and have little impact on the openness of the country park.’
    • ‘Whitehouse said that keeping horses in the area preserved the openness of green belt land.’
    • ‘The architects have labored to create a sense of openness about the promenade.’
    • ‘The building is a good example of symmetrical balance, space and openness.’
    • ‘The nature of the conservation area depends on openness and large gardens.’
    • ‘Stewart's advice: tear out most of the walls to add light and openness.’
    • ‘I was impressed by the dryness, the openness, and the mountains that broke from the plains.’
    • ‘A high wind is dragging a blanket of dust across the flat openness of these fields.’
  • 4(in sport) a style of play characterized by action which is spread out over the field.

    ‘fitness levels have evolved to increase the speed and openness of the game’
    • ‘He was unwilling to divulge details after the session, but later pointed out poor defending and the openness in his team's play.’
    • ‘There were a couple of moments against the Philadelphia Union in which the openness of the game allowed the attacking player the opportunity to make exactly those kinds of runs toward the defence.’
    • ‘It was a measure of the openness of the play that the action quickly reverted to the other end.’
    • ‘The referee seemed to be more responsive to the openness of the game, choosing to let the play flow whenever possible.’

Pronunciation

openness

/ˈəʊp(ə)nnɪs/