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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.
    • 1884, Washington Irving, The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus:
      He knew not where to look for faithful advice, efficient aid, or candid judgement.
    • (Can we date this quote?) 2018, 21 January, Oli Smith, in The Sunday Express
      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.»
  2. Straightforward, open and sincere.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jules Verne, A Journey To The Center Of The Earth
      My candid opinion was that it was all rubbish!
  3. Not posed or rehearsed.
    • 2002, Popular Photography
      Will the introduction of supplementary flash or flood intrude on a candid picture situation or ruin the mood?


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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.