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From Latin candidus (white).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈkæn.dɪd/
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candid (comparative candider, superlative candidest)

  1. Impartial and free from prejudice.
    (Can we date this quote?) he knew not where to look for faithful advice, efficient aid, or candid judgement. — Washington Irving — The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (1884)
    (Can we date this quote?) Asked about the Brexit vote, the candid president told Marr: «I am not the one to judge or comment on the decision of your people.» — By Oli Smith — Sunday express, 21 january 2018.
  2. Straightforward, open and sincere.
    (Can we date this quote?) My candid opinion was that it was all rubbish! — Jules Verne — A Journey To The Center Of The Earth
  3. Not posed or rehearsed.
    (Can we date this quote?) will the introduction of supplementary flash or flood intrude on a candid picture situation or ruin the mood? — Popular Photography (2002)


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candid (plural candids)

  1. A spontaneous or unposed photograph.
    His portraits looked stiff and formal but his candids showed life being lived.