Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plainness of speech; candor; openness; ingenuousness: as, he told me his opinion with frankness.
- n. Liberality; bounteousness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of being frank; candor; openess; ingenuousness; fairness; liberality.
- n. the trait of being blunt and outspoken
- n. the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
- frank + -ness (Wiktionary)
“If Ms. Gillard's frankness is any indication, that's a missed opportunity to meet an ally who understands the Afghan stakes.”
“All this, in frankness, to show my first impression, after long denial of women in general and of Maud Brewster in particular.”
“For, in frankness, it is not an easy thing for someone holding public office to depart in any radical sense from what appears to be the common wisdom.”
“The shock aroused by his incidental frankness is travestied in H.C. Earwicker, who reproaches himself for indecent exposure.”
“Perfect frankness is the only possible safety for the people of our country and they realize that, and if you will remember when Mr. Roosevelt explained the reasons for closing down the banks and for keeping the bank holiday going for several days, he never promised to the people that all of them were going to get their money out of all the banks that had been closed.”
“There was a certain frankness about him that pleased, and though he might be spendthrift and heedless, and colossally selfish, Richard felt a genuine affection for him.”
“His confession, told in frankness, with the spirit of revolt behind, had repelled her.”
“All this, in frankness, to show my first impression, after long denial, of women in general and of”
“Simple, honest frankness, is the most maidenly thing in the world, when it is a woman's time to speak.”
“So free is the curve of the upper lip, and so ready its revelation of the treasures beneath, that there is an instant suspicion of a certain frankness and daring, and perhaps of a little mischief, on the part of their possessor; so free, at the same time, as to forbid the least notion of consciousness or design in that beautiful revelation.”
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