Definition of aboveboard in US English:


(also above board)

adjective & adverb

  • Legitimate, honest, and open.

    as adjective ‘certain transactions were not totally aboveboard’
    as adverb ‘the accountants acted completely above board’
    • ‘Peters says emission trading deals have to be above-board and transparent, especially when it comes to price.’
    • ‘Again, this is about Ministerial dealings being seen to be above-board - something which Field seems to have a real problem with.’
    • ‘He/she is also obliged to ensure that the title in relation to the property you are about to purchase is in order, and that all legal aspects regarding that title are above-board.’
    • ‘According to angry above-board taxi drivers in Killarney, there is no point in having an organisation when a certain few are not operating within the regulations.’
    • ‘Most countries in the world have more strict requirements on information about aircraft owned by governments than by private firms - hence the CIA preference for a seemingly above-board enterprise.’
    • ‘By offering a new package of preferential terms for the 50-75 age group, they are open and above-board about their intention to make huge profits out of this sector while catering to their specific needs.’
    • ‘The saga of the mayor's proposed East London house has stirred up far more controversy than a supposedly straightforward and above-board transaction deserves.’
    • ‘Such language does not change the fact that the therapist largely defines the nature of reality - an arrangement much more obvious and above-board in the less humanistically couched directive therapies.’
    • ‘I am anxious to see the registry run in a fair and above-board manner.’
    • ‘South African vets and above-board outfitters worry that profiteering reserve managers are allowing animals to be darted more than once a season, for sport.’
    • ‘Most debt collection agencies run above-board operations, he said, but some business owners have suffered as a result of hard sell tactics used by their less reputable counterparts.’
    • ‘But it all looks above-board so I'm very flattered indeed.’
    • ‘I think he meant genuine, above-board business connections.’
    • ‘But any time we can let the public know that what we're doing is above-board, honest and balanced, it helps our profession in the long run.’
    • ‘Yet such fidelity and above-board behavior is a rarity.’
    • ‘Of course, as reported in my previous entries in this series, we now have reason to doubt that the peer-review process was above-board in this case.’
    • ‘After all, many of the organisations listed by US and UK institutions are charities, or above-board financial institutions or companies - many of whom are fervently protesting their innocence.’
    • ‘Although this is time-consuming, the business gets a full deduction when computing its profits, and everything is above-board if a Revenue audit takes place.’
    • ‘I have always intended to create this remake in an honest and above-board manner, respecting the copyrights and trademarks involved, so I hope that we will be allowed to proceed with it.’
    • ‘This has been the cleanest, most above-board, most decent Oscar race in years.’
    honest, fair, open, frank, straight, overt, candid, forthright, unconcealed, trustworthy, unequivocal
    honestly, fairly, openly, frankly, overtly, candidly, forthrightly, unequivocally
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