Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being direct.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being direct; straightness; straightforwardness; immediateness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Straightness; a straight course.
  • n. Straightforwardness; openness; freedom from ambiguity.

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

  • n. the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
  • n. trueness of course toward a goal

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Examples

  • I think it sums up my personality; behind my directness is complexity.

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  • "Your directness is bracing," CBI director Gale Bertram tells him, meaning "You're a complete waste of plasma and I wish you were landfill."

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  • But it had the Chamberlain directness and clarity.

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  • They consist in directness, in easily stirred susceptibility, in inflexible and lively spirits: they point to a superfluity of unexhausted gifts; and over the whole there extends a never-failing charm, a certain glamour of nobility.

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  • Her eyes now in their directness were the ice blue of Bill's, enchanting, and I felt reality slip a notch.

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  • Her directness was a kind of disturbing truth serum, which quickly got to the core of the matter at hand.

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  • He recalled the directness of her speech in their first conversation and smiled at the naïveté of her estimate of himself.

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  • He was content with chronological order for his guide; his directness is the directness of the Chronicle History.

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  • Here, as in the first picture, the eyes looked forth with a curious, proud directness; but beneath the directness was a glint of humor, a flash of daring absent in the other face; the mouth smiled, seeming to anticipate life's secrets, the ungloved hand held the gun with a touch peculiarly caressing, peculiarly firm.

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