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Meaning of “frankly” in the English Dictionary

"frankly" in British English

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franklyadverb

uk   us   /ˈfræŋ.kli/
in an ​honest and ​direct way: She ​spoke very frankly about her ​experiences.B2 used when giving an ​honest and ​directopinion, often one that might ​upset someone: Quite frankly, I ​think this ​wholesituation is ​ridiculous. That's a frankly ​absurdsuggestion.

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(Definition of frankly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"frankly" in American English

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franklyadverb

 us   /ˈfræŋk·li/
in an ​honest, ​sincere, and ​truthful way, ​even when this might make other ​peopleuncomfortable: She ​spoke frankly about her ​troubledmarriage. Frankly is often used when giving an ​honest and ​directopinion: Frankly, I’m ​worried.
(Definition of frankly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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