Honest definition

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Being what it seems; genuine; pure.

To give honest measure.

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Not deceptive or fraudulent; genuine.

Honest weight.

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That will not lie, cheat, or steal; truthful; trustworthy.
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(informal) Honestly; truly.
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Equitable; fair.

Honest wages for an honest day's work.

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The definition of honest is someone or something that is truthful, trustworthy or genuine.

An example of honest is someone telling their friend that a meal they prepared had too much salt.

An example of honest is a student admitting they cheated on a test.

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An honest day's work.

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Showing fairness and sincerity; straightforward; free from deceit.

An honest effort.

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Earned or acquired in a fair manner.

An honest dollar.

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Gained or earned by fair methods, not by cheating, lying, or stealing.

An honest living.

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Respectable, creditable, commendable, seemly, etc.
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(of a statement) True, especially as far as is known by the person making the statement; fair; unbiased.

An honest account of events; honest reporting.

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Of good repute; respectable.
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Characterized by truth; not false.

Honest reporting.

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Sincere; frank.

An honest critique.

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Without affectation; plain.

Honest folk.

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Frank and open.

An honest face.

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(archaic) Virtuous; chaste.
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Held in respect; honorable.
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In good faith; without malice.

An honest mistake.

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(of a measurement device) Accurate.

An honest scale.

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(obsolete) To adorn or grace; to honour; to make becoming, appropriate, or honourable.

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Open; frank.

An honest countenance.

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Virtuous; chaste.
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(of a person or institution) Scrupulous with regard to telling the truth; not given to swindling, lying, or fraud; upright.

We're the most honest people you will ever come across.

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Marked by or displaying integrity; upright.

An honest lawyer.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
honest
Comparative:
honester

Origin of honest

  • Middle English from Old French honeste from Latin honestus honorable from honor honor (earlier honōs)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French honeste, from Latin honestus, from honor. For the verb, see Latin honestare to clothe or adorn with honour, and compare French honester.

    From Wiktionary