a. Characterized by openness and sincerity of expression; unreservedly straightforward: In private, I gave them my candid opinion. See Synonyms at frank1.
b. Not obscuring or omitting anything unpleasant, embarrassing, or negative: "Joyce's ... candid descriptions of normal bodily functions shocked his Anglo-American readers" (Belinda Rathbone).
2. Not posed or rehearsed: a candid snapshot.
[Latin candidus, glowing, white, pure, guileless, from candēre, to shine; see kand- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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