Definitions

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

  • adj. Direct and without evasion; straightforward: a forthright appraisal; forthright criticism.
  • adj. Archaic Proceeding straight ahead.
  • adv. Directly ahead.
  • adv. Directly and frankly.
  • adv. Archaic At once.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. straightforward; not evasive; characterized by candor and directness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Direct; straightforward.
  • adv. Straight forward; in a straight direction.
  • n. A straight path.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Straightforward; honest; direct; immediate: as, a forthright man; a forthright speech.
  • n. A straight or direct course.
  • Straightforward; in a direct manner; straightway.

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

  • adj. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
  • adv. directly and without evasion; not roundabout

Etymologies

forth- +‎ right (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If someone were honest and forthright from the beginning, no defensive measures would be necessary.

    Peter Sumaruck II

  • I thought about Clinton and how weak of attempt he made when asking for forgiveness and how he was not forthright from the get go in regards to his ex marital affair.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • When a Law Lord and a Labour MP can demonstrate a better grasp of liberalism and express it in forthright terms, while our parliamentary spokesman ends up batting for the opposition, what hope is there?

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • Why, in a decade when public discourse about sex has become determinedly forthright, is abortion so hard to say?

    On Abortion: A Lincolnian Position

  • Then he went in forthright to his daughter and her mother and his kinsfolk, and acquainting them with the King of Kabul’s demand sought counsel of them, and they said, ‘Do what seemeth good to thee.’ —

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Sultan Kanmakan took his sword forthright and cut off his head, saying, “Praised be Allah who hath given me life, that I might requite this traitor what he did with my father, for I have heard this very story from King Zau al-Makan himself.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Kanmakan took his sword forthright and cut off his head, saying,

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume II

  • But when he ended his words, Sultan Kanmakan took his sword forthright and cut off his head, saying, "Praised be Allah who hath given me life, that I might requite this traitor what he did with my father, for I have heard this very story from King Zau al-Makan himself."

    Arabian nights. English

  • "The tone of the conversation today was very frank and very forthright, which is as it should be," he added.

    British Blogs

  • Petraeus said Mr. Karzai's comments were "forthright" in his statement about the money from Iran, and he added the Iranian payments were very small compared to the financial aid Afghanistan received from the U.S. and other countries.

    Petraeus: Iran's Kabul Payments 'Disingenuous'

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