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truthful

Truthful means honest or believable. A truthful answer to a question doesn't mince words—it is completely straightforward and accurate.

If your little sister asks you whether the Tooth Fairy is real, you'll have to consider how truthful you want to be. You can think about whether the truthful answer will be to upsetting for her, since you're not under oath in a courtroom, where you're legally obligated to be truthful. A now-obsolete adjective with the same meaning was truthy, "characterized by truth."

Definitions of truthful
  1. adjective
    expressing or given to expressing the truth
    “gave truthful testimony”
    “a truthful person”
    synonyms: true
    honest, honorable
    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
    honest
    marked by truth
    veracious
    habitually speaking the truth
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    Antonyms:
    untruthful
    not expressing or given to expressing the truth
    dishonest, dishonorable
    deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
    mendacious
    given to lying
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  2. adjective
    conforming to truth
    “a truthful statement”
    Synonyms:
    true
    consistent with fact or reality; not false
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