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English definition of “candour”


noun [U] uk UK (US candor)   /ˈkæn.dər/ us    /-dɚ/
the quality of being honest and telling the truth, especially about a difficult or embarrassing subject: "We really don't know what to do about it," she said with surprising candour.
See also
Honesty, openness and sincerity
(Definition of candour from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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