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 cand─ôre, "to shine or be white." The color white is associated with purity, which is a now obsolete meaning of candor.

Definitions of candor

n the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech

candidness, candour, directness, forthrightness, frankness
openly straightforward or frank
ingenuousness by virtue of being free from artful deceit
Type of:
honestness, honesty
the quality of being honest

n ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty

candour, fair-mindedness, fairness
partiality that is not fair or equitable
Type of:
impartiality, nonpartisanship
an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally

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