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Frank; straightforward; blunt.

plain′spo′ken·ness n.
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Adj.1.plainspoken - using simple and direct language; "a plainspoken country doctor"
unrhetorical - not rhetorical
2.plainspoken - 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"
direct - straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"


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Ben will add his unique voice to the thought leadership capabilities of RWM, serving as a beacon of plainspoken and insightful investment commentary for the firm's clients, readers and fans.
Perhaps in an effort to make the songs as accessible as possible, he keeps his messages Sesame Street simple: minus the melodies and rhythms, many of The Monsanto Years's lyrics could be the plainspoken words of one friend to another ("When the people of Vermont voted to label food with GMOs so that they could find out what was in what the farmer grows, Monsanto and Starbucks, through the Grocery Manufacturers Alliance, sued the state of Vermont to overturn the people's will").
LAREDO - The union bosses, terrified by his plainspoken truthfulness about the scourge of illegal immigration, didn't want it to happen.
Strong was an affable, hearty fellow, usually smiling, always optimistic, plainspoken - a man much like Ike - and the two generals got on famously," said Eisenhower's biographer, Stephen Ambrose.
Coolquitt's work--which presents like an even more plainspoken descendant of the constructions of Richard Tuttle or B.
In a videotaped press conference, the plainspoken cowboy made some impromptu comments that caused a raging firestorm amongst the "progressive" media commentariat, and also caused panic amongst many who had supported him.
Jannati has rapidly gotten a reputation as the most plainspoken and open of government officials--a very rare quality indeed.
His preaching is fairly plainspoken, aside from occasional forays into more challenging territory.
Francis is certainly savvy enough to know that his plainspoken and sometimes blunt assessments are balm to those in the pews who have held such thoughts themselves but never expected to have them represented at the top levels of church leadership.
Fara describes the progress of her research, provides plainspoken commentary upon her reactions to the overwrought quality of Darwin's poetry, and divulges the truth about her field of endeavor--that the practice of history is not at all precise and, instead, follows a meandering path full of accidental discoveries, "false trails," and "jettisoned chapters" (p.
She interrogates happiness with plainspoken examples, but also against a backdrop of formal arguments by classical and more contemporary philosophers.
Plainspoken, blunt, rude, even, but always entertaining.