Definition of candid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkændɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkændɪd//
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  1. 1saying what you think openly and honestly; not hiding your thoughts a candid statement/interview To be candid, I can’t stand her. I felt she was being less than candid with me. The ex-minister gave a candid interview about his reasons for resigning. see also candour
  2. 2a candid photograph is one that is taken without the person in it knowing that they are being photographed He mingled among the guests and took the candid shots which were much more fun than the formal group photographs.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the Latin sense): from Latin candidus ‘white’. Subsequent early senses were ‘pure, innocent’, ‘unbiased’, and ‘free from malice’, hence ‘frank’ (late 17th cent.). Compare with candour.
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