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outspoken adj
1 given to expressing yourself freely or insistently; "outspoken in their opposition to segregation"; "a vocal assembly" [syn: vocal]
2 characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation" [syn: blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder]

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  1. Speaking, or spoken, freely, openly, or boldly; vocal.
    an outspoken man
    an outspoken rebuke

Derived terms


speaking, or spoken, freely, openly, or boldly; vocal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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