Definition of candor in US English:


(British candour)


  • The quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness.

    ‘a man of refreshing candor’
    • ‘That Howard is prepared, with considerable candour, to commit this part of his life to print says much for the man.’
    • ‘I appreciated the student's candor in honestly evaluating these new techniques.’
    • ‘Many thanks for taking the trouble to reply again; we very much appreciate your sincerity and candour.’
    • ‘Unlike most of her neighbours, O'Brien was prepared to speak with a degree of candour.’
    • ‘Now he was able to write with tremendous candor and integrity and to free himself from his past.’
    • ‘His charm, passion, and candor are very refreshing in this age of flash and hype.’
    • ‘Through all the hardship, Dunne's humour and candour keeps the book bowling along.’
    • ‘He recognized the impact of fear, danger, confusion, and fatigue on men in battle, and wrote about them with unusual candour.’
    • ‘You'll be surprised how quickly you can diffuse a volatile situation with honesty and candor.’
    • ‘He was known for his kindness, his candor, and his dislike of hypocrisy.’
    • ‘There is no bar on her honesty, she is extremely frank, although her candour tends to be clouded by a vagueness of expression.’
    • ‘Far be it from me to expect forthright candor from a press release.’
    • ‘Only an entirely new generation can bring honesty and candour to this matter.’
    • ‘Although the story is told more from a male viewpoint, it is related with candour and deep sensitivity.’
    • ‘This stark honesty and candor serves to highlight the absence of emotional detail elsewhere.’
    • ‘A human being, but a professional, he answers questions with generosity, intelligence and candour.’
    • ‘After talking with Shaq, I came away as impressed with his character and candor as I was with his game.’
    • ‘But Angela was very open and talks about what happened with great candour.’
    • ‘Why can't we get candor and directness in what is patently obvious to anyone?’
    • ‘And he is being made to pay for that honesty and candor now that his statements are being twisted.’
    frankness, openness, honesty, candidness, truthfulness, sincerity, forthrightness, directness, lack of restraint, straightforwardness, plain-spokenness, plain dealing, plainness, calling a spade a spade, unreservedness, bluffness, bluntness, outspokenness
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Late Middle English (in the Latin sense): from Latin candor ‘whiteness’. The current sense dates from the mid 18th century; the development of the senses paralleled that of candid.