Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Free from prejudice; impartial.
  • adj. Characterized by openness and sincerity of expression; unreservedly straightforward: In private, I gave them my candid opinion. See Synonyms at frank1.
  • adj. Not posed or rehearsed: a candid snapshot.
  • n. An unposed informal photograph.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Impartial and free from prejudice.
  • adj. Straightforward, open and sincere.
  • adj. Not posed or rehearsed.
  • n. A spontaneous or unposed photograph.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. White.
  • adj. Free from undue bias; disposed to think and judge according to truth and justice, or without partiality or prejudice; fair; just; impartial.
  • adj. Open; frank; ingenuous; outspoken.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bright; white.
  • Honest and frank; open and sincere; ingenuous; outspoken: of persons: as, to be candid with you, I think you are wrong.
  • Free from undue bias; fair; just; impartial: of persons or their acts: as, a candid view or construction.
  • Synonyms and Candid, Fair, Open, Frank, Ingenuous, Naïve, Sincere, unprejudiced, unbiased. The first seven words apply to the spirit, expression, or manner. The candid man is able to look impartially on both sides of a subject, especially giving due weight to arguments or opinions opposed to his own, and due credit to the motives of opponents; candid speech is essentially the same as frank speech, sometimes going so far as to be blunt. Fair belongs primarily to conduct, but in regard to speech and thought it is the same as candid: as, a man preëminently fair in dealing with opposing views. Open is opposed to concealment; the open man does not cultivate a politic reserve, but expresses his opinions freely, without stopping to think of their effect upon his own interests. Frank, literally, free; the freedom may be in regard to one's own opinions, which is the same as openness, or in regard to things belonging to others, where the freedom may go so far as to be unpleasant, or it may disregard conventional ideas as to reticence. Hence, while openness Is consistent with timidity, frankness implies some degree of boldness. Ingenuous implies a permanent moral quality, an elevated inability to be other than honest or open, even to one's own loss; there is a peculiar subjective cast to the word, as though the man stood most in awe of the disapprobation of his own judgment and conscience; hence the close connection between ingenuousness and modesty. Naive expresses a real or an assumed unconsciousness of the way in which one's words meet conventional rules, or of the construction which may be put upon them by others; naïveté is thus an openness or frankness proceeding from native or assumed simplicity or artlessness. Sincere expresses the spirit and language that go with the love of truth; the sincere man is necessarily candid and fair, and as open and frank as seems required by truth.
  • Pure; clear; fair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
  • adj. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
  • adj. informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared

Etymologies

Latin candidus, glowing, white, pure, guileless, from candēre, to shine; see kand- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin candidus ("white"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The White House said the president wants to continue building what he termed a candid, constructive and cooperative bilateral relationship with China.

    CNN Transcript Nov 26, 2003

  • But the more his moral guilt is examined the blacker it will appear, and the late publication, which you call candid, I believe has been true and full owing to careless superintendence.

    Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of Henry Reeve, C.B., D.C.L. In Two Volumes. Volume II.

  • I brought this up in candid discussion, and the responses I'd gotten from my wife and 23 year-old daughter distilled to, "I really don't like dealing with gun salesmen!"

    A Good Gun Salesman is Hard To Find

  • And in candid all-knowledge of the other, "I do not mind."

    CHAPTER 9

  • At the same time, the temptation after Tuesday — one that comes through occasionally in candid conversations with party leaders — will be to simply look past the next two years to the potential political bonanza that awaits Republicans in 2012.

    The Potential Pitfalls of Winning Big

  • I have long been of opinion that the evidence of the truth of Christianity requires only to be carefully examined to produce conviction in candid minds ....

    Sound Politics: Onward Christian Soldiers

  • The stupid, loutish oaf we saw in candid videos last week is not only an embarrassment, but the man is dangerous in his ignorance.

    Think Progress » Detainee abuse is still “standard operating procedure,”

  • Getting someone from the Bush administration to actually promise to be candid is a giant leap forward, don't you think?

    January 2005

  • Harry Krop, a Gainesville psychologist who started the first sex-offender treatment program in Florida, conducted a "psycho-sexual" evaluation and interview of Pace, whom he described as candid and contrite.

    SplicedFeed

  • The word candid implies that the remarks made have relevence.

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  • 'Offen', 'Ehrlich', 'Aufrichtig' TOP 5 BASIC

    S: ARTLESS, GUILELESS, Genuine, Open, Sincere, Impartial, Unprejudiced

    A: Reserved, Untruthful Dishonest, Partial, Prejudiced,

    October 25, 2013

  • OED Online does list "white" as a definition, but with a caveat:

    "White. (Usually with reference to other meanings, or in translation from Latin.) Obs. or arch.

    1630 T. Jackson Comm. Apostles Creed viii. xxvi, in Wks. VIII. 105 Sending Him back to Pilate in a white or candid robe.
    1700 Dryden tr. Ovid Of Pythagorean Philos. in Fables 505 The Stones came candid forth: The Hue of Innocence.
    1738 W. Warburton Divine Legation Moses I. 54 That candid Appearance, which‥does result from the Mixture of all Kinds of Colours.
    1805 J. M. Good Lucretius i. 298 The candid milk."

    Just sayin'. :-)

    June 4, 2011

  • I'm sure her knowledge of Candida will be an asset during debates about foreign affairs.

    June 3, 2011

  • Perhaps Palin will be a whiteate for the White House although she hasn't declared yet.

    June 3, 2011

  • If you are unable to access Webster's Third New International Dictionary online (unabridged.merriam-webster.com) or Oxford English Dictionary online, you can inspect Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/candid'>http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/candid to view "white" as one of the definitions of "candid." Webster's Third New International Dictionary does not regard "candid" as archaic or obsolete.

    I am a biologist who presently uses candid to mean white.

    June 3, 2011

  • Yes, candid does mean white in English. See Webster's Third New International Dictionary ( Unabridgedhttp://unabridged.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/unabridged?va=candid ) and the Oxford English Dictionary ( http://www.oed.com.proxygsu-way1.galileo.usg.edu/view/Entry/26968?redirectedFrom=candid#eid ).

    June 3, 2011

  • I wrote a pilot for a show called White Camera and it never took off.

    June 2, 2011

  • Don't they get a lot of snow up in Candida? That might make it white (at least part of the year).

    June 2, 2011

  • 'Candid' does not mean "white". It comes from a Latin word meaning "white" or "candid".

    June 2, 2011

  • Candid also means white.

    June 2, 2011

  • *snort*

    July 22, 2008

  • Past tense of cando.

    July 22, 2008

  • Probably better than Voltaire's Candida

    November 20, 2007

  • I knew someone who ran the auto spellchecker on an essay and ended up with a paper on Voltaire's Candid.

    November 20, 2007

  • Openly straightforward
    Citation: I gave them my candid opinion

    November 20, 2007