meaning of candid

candid meaning in General Dictionary


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  • informal or natural; particularly caught off-guard or unprepared
  • honestly straightforward and direct without book or secretiveness
  • characterized by directness in way or message; without subtlety or evasion
  • White.
  • free of excessive bias; disposed to consider and judge according to truth and justice, or without partiality or bias; fair; simply; impartial; because, a candid opinion.
  • Open; frank; ingenuous; outspoken.

candid meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1620s, "white," from Latin candidum "white; pure; genuine, honest, upright," from candere "to shine," from PIE root *kand- "to radiate, to shine" (see candle). In English, metaphoric expansion to "frank" very first recorded 1670s (compare French candide "open, honest, ingenuous, honest"). Of photography, 1929. Associated: Candidly; candidness.

Sentence Examples with the word candid

Don't get alarmed but I've taken the liberty to be a tad candid with him.

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