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honest - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'honest' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Honest [ a.]
- Decent; honorable; suitable; becoming.
- Characterized by integrity or fairness and straight/forwardness in conduct, thought, speech, etc.; upright; just; equitable; trustworthy; truthful; sincere; free from fraud, guile, or duplicity; not false; -- said of persons and acts, and of things to which a moral quality is imputed; as, an honest judge or merchant; an honest statement; an honest bargain; an honest business; an honest book; an honest confession.
- Open; frank; as, an honest countenance.
- Chaste; faithful; virtuous.
- To adorn; to grace; to honor; to make becoming, appropriate, or honorable.

Meaning of 'honest' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . honest [ a]
Meaning (1):
- not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
Example in sentence:
  • honest lawyers;
  • honest reporting
2 . honest [ s]
Meaning (2):
- worthy of being depended on
Example in sentence:
  • a dependable worker;
  • a reliable source of information;
  • an honest working stiff;
  • he was true to his word;
  • I would be true for there are those who trust me
Meaning (3):
- not forged
Example in sentence:
  • a good dollar bill
Meaning (4):
- gained or earned without cheating or stealing
Example in sentence:
  • an fair penny;
  • an honest wage
Meaning (5):
- marked by truth
Example in sentence:
  • gave honest answers;
  • honest reporting
Meaning (6):
- without pretensions
Example in sentence:
  • good honest food;
  • worked at an honest trade
Meaning (7):
- without dissimulation; frank
Example in sentence:
  • my honest opinion