frankly

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frank +‎ -ly

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frankly ‎(comparative more frankly, superlative most frankly)

  1. (manner) In a frank, open or (too) honest manner.
    He spoke frankly about the economy.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter III:
      She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp.
  2. (speech act) In truth, to tell the truth.
    Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

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