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frank 1

adj. frank·er, frank·est
1. Open and sincere in expression; straightforward: made several frank remarks about the quality of their work.
2. Clearly manifest; evident: frank enjoyment.
tr.v. franked, frank·ing, franks
a. To put an official mark on (a piece of mail) so that it can be sent free of charge.
b. To send (mail) free of charge.
2. To place a stamp or mark on (a piece of mail) to show the payment of postage.
3. To enable (a person) to come and go freely.
a. A mark or signature placed on a piece of mail to indicate the right to send it free of charge.
b. The right to send mail free.
2. A franked piece of mail.

[Middle English, free, from Old French franc, from Late Latin Francus, Frank; see Frank.]

frank′ness n.
Synonyms: frank1, candid, forthright, outspoken, straightforward, open
These adjectives mean revealing or disposed to reveal one's thoughts freely and honestly. Frank implies directness, sometimes to the point of bluntness: "And yes, to be frank, the singing was atrocious" (Eileen Pollack).
Candid and forthright often suggest refusal to evade difficult or unpleasant issues: "Save, save, oh save me from the candid friend!" (George Canning)."He wanted his countrymen to know the truth, and he was forthright about the challenges they faced" (Sean Hannity).
Outspoken usually implies bold lack of reserve: "She is outspoken to the point of never holding back, on politics or much else" (Joseph Epstein).
Straightforward denotes directness of manner and expression: "George was a straightforward soul....'See here!' he said. 'Are you engaged to anybody?'" (Booth Tarkington).
Open suggests freedom from all trace of reserve or secretiveness: "I will be open and sincere with you" (Joseph Addison).

frank 2

n. Informal
A frankfurter.


A member of one of the Germanic tribes of the Rhine region in the early Christian era, especially one of the Salian Franks who conquered Gaul about ad 500 and established an extensive empire that reached its greatest power in the ninth century.

[Middle English, from Old English Franca and Old French Franc, both from Late Latin Francus, of Germanic origin.]
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Franking privilege. Former Presidents enjoy free postage for all mail matters, such as letters, money orders and other printed materials authorized by the government to be delivered within the Philippines through the postal service.
Federal law allows House members to be reimbursed for mailings to their constituents, a benefit that dates back to 1775 and known as the franking privilege. Current law forbids such mailings from being sent in the 90-day period before an election.
Johnston: I was inspired by the franking privilege. Have all the costs and expenses of being a member of Congress publicly funded--an unlimited expense account essentially, but with complete disclosure, including whom they met with and the substance of the conversation.
Martha Washington was granted the franking privilege. A special act of Congress allowed her to receive and send mail free of charge.
The benefit - known as the franking privilege - is older than the nation itself, established in 1775 by the First Continental Congress.
But actual investigations into the abuse of the franking privilege usually focus on money laundering - swapping stamps for cash, for example - than on elections irregularities, Moore said.
For instance, Gingrich came out swinging against pernicious congressional check bouncers, perk-mongers, and abusers of the franking privilege (which allows congressmen to send free mail to their districts) despite the fact that he's guilty of each himself.
4) Virtually abolish the franking privilege, except when a congressman is responding directly to a constituent's query.
That's why, from now on, the franking privilege should be extended only to replies to queries from constituents or government officials.
In addition to the virtual elimination of the franking privilege, there are several other reforms that we could employ right now to make political campaigns cleaner and fairer:
Today, the post-presidency has become a quasi-formal office, including perquisites such as office space, a staff, franking privileges, pensions, and Secret Service protection.