Definition of outright in US English:

outright

adverb

  • 1Altogether; completely.

    ‘logging has been banned outright’
    • ‘The same composer also had a work banned outright.’
    • ‘A 1982 law bans outright any new building work within 100m of the coastline.’
    • ‘He started out as the most underground of agitators, his films either banned outright or left to play in church basements.’
    • ‘Look, we certainly have some serious concerns about banning it outright.’
    • ‘Indeed, according to some, the law should ban the option outright.’
    • ‘They would prefer that cats be banned outright rather than allowing the furry hunters anywhere near land that supports endangered ground-dwelling birds.’
    • ‘He said that the report commissioned by the Government had not found any justification to ban the sport outright and that a joint committee had recently indicated such a ban would be in contravention of human rights laws.’
    • ‘When the new guidelines are released later this summer, neither he nor anyone else expects the government to ban landfill developments outright.’
    • ‘Riots and protests broke out at some northern screenings of the film, and eventually the movie was banned outright in several cities, and various scenes were censored.’
    • ‘From 1942 and for the remainder of WWII, Carnival was banned outright.’
    • ‘Rather than limiting the hours in which mechanical or instrumental noises for purposes of advertising on the street were allowable, the new rules banned them outright.’
    • ‘While our neighbours to the south have banned it outright, we remain cautious if slightly confused.’
    • ‘Some people say you could never ban firework sales outright because then they would go underground and you would have a black market.’
    • ‘MPs will today debate whether the bloodsport should continue freely, be regulated or, as they overwhelmingly backed last time, banned outright.’
    • ‘I expect hookahs to be banned outright before long in California; the possibility of holes being poked in the smoke-allergy argument is too dangerous.’
    • ‘Kids, always instinctively trolling for things that will drive their parents nuts, made it a best seller, at least in places where it wasn't outright banned.’
    • ‘Nevada can legalize most gambling, and other states can ban it outright.’
    • ‘Dum-dum bullets, chemical and biological weapons are banned outright on the basis that the military benefits of their use can never be proportionate to the suffering caused.’
    • ‘It was unanimously agreed that the Minister's proposal be rejected outright in its entirety.’
    • ‘I don't think fireworks should be banned outright - done correctly they can make for a fantastic piece of entertainment as the nights draw in at the start of November.’
    completely, entirely, wholly, fully, totally, categorically, absolutely, altogether, utterly, flatly, in every respect, unreservedly, without reservation, without exception, thoroughly, quite
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    1. 1.1 Without reservation; openly.
      ‘she couldn't ask him outright’
      • ‘Even though no-one ever told me outright, I knew straight away that he had an eating disorder when we met.’
      • ‘You explained truthfully and outright what you wanted between us last night and it makes sense.’
      • ‘But he refused to answer directly, which suggests that his refusal to say outright that they were sitting on chairs must mean that they were on the bed.’
      • ‘Again… at least this guy was honest enough to propose this insane idea outright.’
      • ‘But many were alarmingly sincere and outright delusional that their opportunity had come knocking.’
      • ‘No one simply assumes they will be my ride to the airport for a 7 a.m. flight, and usually no one offers outright.’
      • ‘For example, he declared outright that artistic directors have to back winners at the expense of exciting creativity.’
      • ‘Andy looked at her trying to keep a straight face but failed horridly as he laughed outright at her.’
      • ‘She should have told you outright that she couldn't be your ballet partner in the talent show because she had already signed up to do a solo.’
      explicitly, straightforwardly, directly, forthrightly, openly, frankly, candidly, honestly, truly, sincerely, bluntly, plainly, in plain language, unreservedly, without constraint, truthfully, without dissembling, to someone's face, straight from the shoulder, without beating about the bush, with no holds barred, man to man, woman to woman
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  • 2Immediately.

    ‘the impact killed four horses outright’
    • ‘Did they offer you the part outright, or was there an audition?’
    • ‘A shotgun, unless used at very close range, is only likely to damage a fox rather than kill it outright.’
    • ‘Most of his shots struck the cavalry mounts in the chest or throat, killing several of them outright.’
    • ‘If it won't kill you outright, you can eat it.’
    • ‘I know there were a few times that the first one didn't kill it outright.’
    • ‘However, he added that many foxes were being injured rather than being shot dead because it was often difficult to kill them outright with a gun.’
    • ‘Six of the drivers were killed outright and nearly twice as many gravely injured.’
    • ‘Apart from killing animals outright, it's a terrific transport system for tiny feral life forms such as barnacles, worms and polyps, which are invading new habitats.’
    • ‘Most habitat and wildlife will be killed outright and retained pockets will be so small, scattered and pressurised by the surrounding development, that wildlife value will quickly deteriorate.’
    • ‘They impale the chickens and leave big holes in the cages, allowing more chickens to fall out on the road to be hit by vehicles, if they are not killed outright by the fall itself.’
    • ‘Nine horse were killed outright and are now being slaughtered for their meat, and another twenty-eight are sorely injured, and will soon have to be butchered.’
    • ‘We had 24 people that were killed outright on the bus, of the 40 patients that were on there.’
    • ‘Millions of pheasants are bred each year specifically for killing, and thousands of them are wounded rather than killed outright.’
    • ‘The church's governing body didn't outright refuse her candidacy, but they decided to ask the larger church congregation for approval.’
    • ‘Eleven people were killed outright, including a family of four.’
    • ‘As driver of the car, he was one of five that were killed outright.’
    • ‘Two fell dangerously wounded, and a third was killed outright.’
    • ‘He added that because the pellets were small, animals were not often killed outright, suffering for longer as they died from their injuries.’
    • ‘Ambulance chiefs said the motorcyclist was killed outright.’
    • ‘There was a danger that the animals would not be killed outright, he said, with potential danger to the public.’
    instantly, instantaneously, immediately, at once, straight away, there and then, then and there, on the spot
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    1. 2.1 Not by degrees or installments.
      ‘they decided to buy the company outright’
      • ‘To me it was a fortune that enabled me to buy a house outright.’
      • ‘One of our daughters might one day want to take out a mortgage of her own and buy it from us outright, or as a parents-financed ‘shared equity’ scheme.’
      • ‘This means that people who perhaps cannot afford to buy a building outright can have some exposure to a previously unaffordable asset.’
      • ‘They either bought the land outright or rented it.’
      • ‘He attempted to terminate the four administrators outright, but is now in the process of recommending reassignments for them to comply with the policy.’
      • ‘If that doesn't work, they will attempt to buy their competitors outright.’
      • ‘These people can move to a smaller house in a nicer location and buy it outright.’
      • ‘At the end of the 20-year period, the council can either continue to rent the property, buy it outright or walk away from the development.’
      • ‘Yet dozens of workers are absolutely sure that the building is harming their health, if not outright killing them.’
      • ‘But it costs more to lease the planes than to buy them outright.’
      • ‘A wonderful option would be if they took us aside, told us that we were not going to win, but they were going to buy out script outright.’
      • ‘Most importantly, the funds required to spread bet are a small percentage of what would be required to buy these assets outright.’
      • ‘But it seems that if you have money enough to buy a building outright without a loan you'll have no problem.’
      • ‘If you buy a small share to begin with, you can increase your shareholding later by a process known as ‘staircasing’, and can often even buy the home outright.’
      • ‘During the talks, the German bosses considered buying the business outright.’
      • ‘People will either be able to share ownership, take part in an equity share scheme or buy their homes outright.’
      • ‘She bought the house outright and set up home with her seven year old daughter.’
      • ‘He has been looking after the car since the film was made, and bought it outright in 1972.’
      • ‘Products such as these continue to attract interest at a time when investors, keen to be in on the ground floor of any recovery, are still too nervous to buy shares outright.’
      • ‘Tickets may be bought outright or may be paid for monthly.’
      all at once, at one fell swoop, in one fell swoop, in one go
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adjective

  • 1attributive Open and direct; not concealed.

    ‘an outright refusal’
    • ‘It cannot be outright optimism or downright pessimism.’
    • ‘He said they had ‘an outright positive impact’ on the municipal district.’
    • ‘However, any outright refusal of Western aesthetics must be qualified.’
    • ‘An outright refusal would, of course, have ignited claims of prejudice and condemnation by the the liberal press, ever on the lookout for a stick to beat established institutions.’
    • ‘And the daring of outright substitution ups the complexity quotient.’
    • ‘But outright refusal often gets people labelled as freaks or loonies, and correspondingly discredits the challenges they deliver in the eyes of those they address them to.’
    • ‘Yet zoologists have consistently reacted to these phenomena with a mixture of incredulity, confusion, and even outright hostility.’
    • ‘These ranged from open derision to outright firings, and even attempts to rescind earned degrees.’
    • ‘He would leave it open and hit weak fades or outright slices.’
    • ‘They're too simple to discern outright lies and campaign propaganda from real policies.’
    • ‘One outright complaint: it's not loud enough.’
    • ‘At best they were footnotes on the contrary theme, at worst outright obfuscation.’
    • ‘The book is a policy wonk's dream, and there's enough here to make you pull out your hair over the amount of graft and outright cheating going on in the open.’
    • ‘It was obvious that outright refusal would have been an insult.’
    • ‘But the overwhelming response from city landlords has been an outright rejection of the request.’
    • ‘Usually this is expressed with bitterness if not outright hostility.’
    • ‘I could see she was having a hard time deciding whether to completely accuse me of outright lying or question me further.’
    • ‘Still, it's depressing to think that outright brutality is now the test.’
    • ‘That was a downright and outright lie, but did I care?’
    • ‘His art continues to inspire responses ranging from unequivocal praise to outright condemnation.’
    out-and-out, absolute, complete, utter, downright, sheer, stark, thorough, thoroughgoing, categorical, unequivocal, undeniable, unqualified, unmodified, unrestricted, unmitigated, unconditional, positive, simple, wholesale, all-out, rank, consummate, pure
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    1. 1.1 Total; complete.
      ‘the outright abolition of the death penalty’
      • ‘He withdrew his amendment and said it wasn't needed after all, leaving the door open to the outright ban duly backed by an overwhelming majority of MPs.’
      • ‘The attitude toward the poor is at best one of official indifference, and at worst outright criminalization.’
      • ‘Between outright war and total appeasement there are various degrees of pressure that can be applied.’
      • ‘I, and many others, must say that enough is enough, and nothing short of a total outright ban would be acceptable’
      • ‘Her conversation betrays disappointment, anger, and an outright refusal to be labeled a victim.’
      • ‘Then the regional financial crisis hit and suddenly the air was full of accusations of bureaucratic ineptitude, corruption and outright dereliction of duty.’
      • ‘Although few expect an outright crash, even property professionals who ritually talk up the market are pessimistic.’
      • ‘The reason for such caution by trade unions is obvious - a strike once embarked upon is hard to stop, short of an outright victory or a total defeat.’
      • ‘The truth is, disappointments and outright failure mark the real world of publicly financed convention centers, stadiums, and hotels.’
      • ‘Thus, tarnished beauty tends to be more effective than outright perfection.’
      • ‘In both, however, the issue was the postponement of operations, not an outright refusal to carry them out.’
      • ‘A matrix can be created that describes traditional group relations, ranging from full cooperation to outright conflict.’
      • ‘Over the next couple of weeks, her daughter's lack of interest in nursing turned into outright refusal.’
      • ‘As such it is an outright rejection of many religious traditions' ultimate aims.’
      • ‘More radical action - warning labels on food or even outright bans - would probably be counterproductive.’
      • ‘As a country moves, one hopes, from outright dictatorship to full liberal democracy, the rules change.’
      • ‘The paying passengers were treated with total disregard and sometimes even outright abuse.’
      • ‘These views can be hard to tell apart: the distinction between radical transformation and outright abolition is not clear-cut.’
      • ‘In most states, a pet cannot receive an outright bequest because animals traditionally have been viewed as property under the law.’
      • ‘Companies that fail to adapt to economic conditions by carrying an oversized and expensive staff may be courting the ultimate job-killer: outright failure.’
      complete, utter, absolute, thorough, perfect, downright, out-and-out, thoroughgoing, all-out, sheer, positive, prize, rank, pure, dyed-in-the-wool, deep-dyed, real, consummate, veritable, unmitigated, unqualified, unadulterated, unalloyed, unconditional, unequivocal, full, unlimited, limitless, infinite, ultimate, through and through, in-depth
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    2. 1.2 Undisputed; clear.
      ‘an outright victory’
      • ‘The most recent success - not yet an outright victory - has been the government climbdown on pensions for public sector workers.’
      • ‘Sometimes writers oversimplify in one story and the simplification gets picked up as outright universal fact.’
      • ‘Both teams have impressed at championship level in recent years and to be fair, both deserve the ultimate accolade of outright champions.’
      • ‘But the punishing rocks made strength and reliability as important as outright speed.’
      • ‘The simplest way to bet on the final is to pick the outright winners.’
      • ‘He came 20th, causing him great disappointment as his objective was no less than outright victory.’
      • ‘Having come so close to success in 2003, there is only one achievement that will satisfy in 2004 - outright victory in the Formula One World Championship.’
      • ‘Six towns, which achieved litter-free status, competed for the outright prize.’
      • ‘It is a sign of the times for the struggling County Champions that their sole ambition over four days against Somerset was to emerge with a draw rather than a defeat but nothing short of outright victory was what was really required.’
      • ‘And all are either outright myths or severe distortions of truth.’
      • ‘On completion an outright winner emerged with three teams sharing second place.’
      • ‘A simple majority was needed for outright victory.’
      • ‘But nothing less than outright victory satisfies me and I'm determined to put things right with my next effort.’
      • ‘But the USA took outright victory because of a higher number of second places, 14-6.’
      • ‘But even though he said the Tories had their best chance for 24 years to regain control, he stopped short of forecasting outright victory for his party.’
      • ‘The majority of outright winners were from the junior category.’
      • ‘Clearly once risk is traded in this way there is significant scope for miscalculation and even outright fraud.’
      • ‘At the time of writing, an outright victory for the 1960s - while still possible - is the least likely outcome.’
      • ‘They were outright winners of the prizes for best business development; personal development of company directors; and most enterprising company.’
      • ‘Another round of voting will be carried out in the summer, with points totals added together to produce outright winners for the year.’
      definite, unequivocal, clear, unqualified, incontestable, undeniable, unmistakable, categorical, straightforward
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Pronunciation

outright

/ˈaʊtraɪt//ˈoutrīt/