"openness of brain, impartiality, frankness," c.1600, from Latin candor "purity, openness," initially "whiteness," from candere "to shine, to-be white" (identify candle). Borrowed early in the day in English (c.1500) using the Latin literal feeling "extreme whiteness."
ability to make judgments free of discrimination or dishonesty
- the standard of becoming honest and easy in attitude and speech
- Whiteness; brightness; (as put on ethical problems) usullied purity; purity.
- A disposition to treat topics with fairness; freedom from prejudice or disguise; frankness; sincerity.
Gone was Julie's candor expressed on her first visit.