Meaning of “straightforward” in the English Dictionary

"straightforward" in British English

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uk /ˌstreɪtˈfɔː.wəd/ us /ˌstreɪtˈfɔːr.wɚd/

straightforward adjective (SIMPLE)

B2 easy to understand or simple:

Just follow the signs to Bradford - it's very straightforward.

More examples

  • It's a very complex issue to which there is no straightforward answer.
  • My first pregnancy was very straightforward - there were no complications.
  • The film presents a straightforward choice between good and evil, with no shades of grey.
  • The instructions are fairly straightforward.
  • It would seem to be a general truth that nothing is as straightforward as it at first seems.
adverb uk /ˌstreɪtˈfɔː.wə us /ˌstreɪtˈfɔːr.wɚ

He explained quite straightforwardly that there wasn't enough work for us all.

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

"straightforward" in American English

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us /ˌstreɪtˈfɔr·wərd/

straightforward adjective (UNDERSTANDABLE)

easy to understand; clear:

The doctor explained the operation in straightforward English.

straightforward adjective (HONEST)

honest and without unnecessary politeness:

She’s a straightforward, no-nonsense teacher.

(Definition of “straightforward” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)