Definitions

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

  • n. Frankness or sincerity of expression; openness.
  • n. Freedom from prejudice; impartiality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. whiteness; brilliance
  • n. the state of being sincere and open in speech; honesty in expression
  • n. Impartiality

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Whiteness; brightness; (as applied to moral conditions) usullied purity; innocence.
  • n. A disposition to treat subjects with fairness; freedom from prejudice or disguise; frankness; sincerity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Whiteness; clearness; brilliancy.
  • n. Openness of heart; a. disposition to treat subjects with fairness; freedom from reserve or disguise; frankness; ingenuousness; sincerity.

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

  • n. ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
  • n. the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from candēre, to shine; see kand- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin candor ("brightness, whiteness"), from candeō ("I shine") (Wiktionary)

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