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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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