candid


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Candid \Can*did\ (k[a^]n"d[i^]d), a. [F. candide (cf. It.
   candido), L. candidus white, fr. cand[=e]re to be of a
   glowing white; akin to accend[e^]re, incend[e^]re, to set on
   fire, Skr. chand to shine. Cf. Candle, Incense.]
   1. White. [Obs.]
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            The box receives all black; but poured from thence,
            The stones came candid forth, the hue of innocence.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   2. Free from undue bias; disposed to think and judge
      according to truth and justice, or without partiality or
      prejudice; fair; just; impartial; as, a candid opinion.
      "Candid and dispassionate men." --W. Irving.
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   3. Open; frank; ingenuous; outspoken.

   Syn: Fair; open; ingenuous; impartial; just; frank; artless;
        unbiased; equitable.

   Usage: Candid, Fair, Open, Frank, Ingenuous. A man
          is fair when he puts things on a just or equitable
          footing; he is candid when be looks impartially on
          both sides of a subject, doing justice especially to
          the motives and conduct of an opponent; he is open and
          frank when he declares his sentiments without reserve;
          he is ingenuous when he does this from a noble regard
          for truth. Fair dealing; candid investigation; an open
          temper; a frank disposition; an ingenuous answer or
          declaration.
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