candid

Straightforward and truthful talk might be described with the adjective candid. If you're too candid in your personal blog, a future employer might discover your penchant for nude skydiving.

A serious-minded politician might suggest engaging in a "candid discussion" about a complicated topic like health care or the environment, because candid means "open" or "frank." Remember that TV show Candid Camera? It was called that because its hidden cameras supposedly showed a candid view of reality. In photography, candid has become a noun meaning "an unposed photo." The word comes from Latin candidus, meaning "white," which was later extended to mean "pure." Candid talk provides the pure, unvarnished truth.

Primary Meanings of candid

1.
adj
openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
2.
adj
informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared
Full Definitions of candid
1

adj openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness

“his candid eyes”
Synonyms:
heart-to-heart, open
artless, ingenuous
characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious

adj characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

“I gave them my candid opinion”
Synonyms:
blunt, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder
direct
straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
2

adj informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared

“a candid photograph”
“a candid interview”
Synonyms:
uncontrived, unstudied
not by design or artifice; unforced and impromptu