Examples of usage:

  1. The straightforwardness of this passage is of a piece with the rest of the poem. "The Last Poems of Ovid" by Ovid
  2. The girl had not said that from herself, but it was from some woman; he knew that by the directness of the phrase and its excess, for he had noticed that women who liked to beat about the bush in small matters have a prodigious straightforwardness in more vital affairs, and will even call grey black in order clearly to establish the presence of the black in that colour. "Indian Summer" by William D. Howells
  3. As a child she annoyed him with her great, honest eyes, her straightforwardness on all occasions, and also because he did not find in her a second edition of his own passive and submissive daughter. "Fromont and Risler, Complete" by Alphonse Daudet Last Updated: March 3, 2009
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