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
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)