Candor usually means the quality of being open, honest, and sincere. If someone tells you they think you're boring, you might reply with, "While I appreciate your candor, I don't think we need to be friends anymore."

The corresponding adjective is candid, as in "I want you to be candid. Did everyone notice the spinach between my teeth when I gave my speech?" Candor is from French candeur, from Latin candēre, "to shine or be white." The color white is associated with purity, which is a now obsolete meaning of candor.

Definitions of candor
  1. noun
    the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
    synonyms: candidness, candour, directness, forthrightness, frankness
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    openly straightforward or frank
    ingenuousness by virtue of being free from artful deceit
    type of:
    honestness, honesty
    the quality of being honest
  2. noun
    ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
    synonyms: candour, fair-mindedness, fairness
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    partiality that is not fair or equitable
    type of:
    impartiality, nonpartisanship
    an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
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