Straightforward means direct in your approach. When you have a favor to ask of a friend, don't beat around the bush––say what you need in a straightforward way.

If you want to propose marriage, you might go for the straightforward approach, saying, "Want to get married?" over dinner. Straightforward can also mean honest. If you have straightforward intentions, it means you're upfront about what you're trying to do.

Definitions of straightforward

adj pointed directly ahead

“a straightforward gaze”
direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short

adj without concealment or deception; honest

straightforward in all his business affairs”
square, straight
characterized by honesty and fairness

adj free from ambiguity

“a straightforward set of instructions”
unambiguous, unequivocal, univocal
admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion

adj without evasion or compromise

“he is not being as straightforward as it appears”
square, straight
straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

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