Definition of truthfulness in English:



  • 1The fact of being true; truth.

    ‘we have had to judge the truthfulness of the evidence’
    • ‘It is probably the only story the famous humorist wrote which was supported by an affidavit to its truthfulness.’
    • ‘Evolutionary indoctrination had gradually gnawed away at his faith and he had wondered more and more about the truthfulness of the Bible account of history.’
    • ‘The truthfulness of a measurement is reflected in its reliability and validity.’
    • ‘This meant it would have to have grave reservations about the truthfulness of any evidence given by these men.’
    • ‘It does not undermine in any way the truthfulness or credibility of the evidence.’
    • ‘This means that consumers and manufacturers have responsibility for checking the safety of dietary supplements and for determining the truthfulness of label claims.’
    • ‘I accept that Paul believes in the truthfulness of what he told me.’
    • ‘But somehow, in recent months, the horrible truthfulness of this has become crystal clear.’
    • ‘She had absolutely no doubt of the truthfulness of his story and told him so.’
    • ‘There was a pause in their discussion as the truthfulness of her declaration brought about different reactions in the two people sitting side by side.’
    • ‘Her story was told with evident reluctance, but in a simple, straightforward manner, that attested its truthfulness.’
    • ‘Some people question the truthfulness of childhood memories, which are often not recovered for decades.’
    • ‘Take this example which I heard via a few degrees of separation, I couldn't exactly vouch for its truthfulness.’
    • ‘We have had to judge the truthfulness of the evidence at one remove, forced to rely either on reporters telling us, or actors re-creating for us, what the witnesses said.’
    • ‘On the shoulders of these three clubs rests the continued truthfulness behind the assumption that defenses do win championships.’
    • ‘History has proven the truthfulness of this proposition.’
    • ‘The federal rules of evidence were amended in 1975 whereby judges were required to admit expert testimony and juries had to decide on its merit or truthfulness.’
    • ‘It is for the Muslims to help the non-Muslims to appreciate the truthfulness of the Islamic teachings.’
    • ‘Galileo had therefore crossed the line set out sixteen years earlier - he had promoted an idea contrary to Scripture without providing convincing proof of its truthfulness.’
    • ‘The truthfulness of the account he had given in his witness statement and his application was clearly being put in issue.’
    honesty, veracity, sincerity, lack of deceit, trustworthiness, genuineness, candour, candidness, frankness, openness, forthrightness
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    1. 1.1The fact of being realistic or true to life; realism.
      ‘the truthfulness of her playing of an aging American spinster’
      • ‘There is a truthfulness to the second part that makes it distinctively better and more interesting than the first.’
      • ‘Here's a soundtrack that really matches the truthfulness of the film itself.’
      • ‘For all these films' formal originality and sophistication, for all their self-consciousness, finally what makes them extraordinary is their directness, their effortless grace and beauty and truthfulness.’
      • ‘With its characteristic emphasis on truthfulness, this self-portrait can hardly be described as flattering.’