• WordNet 3.6
    • adj candid 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"
    • adj candid openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness "his candid eyes","an open and trusting nature","a heart-to-heart talk"
    • adj candid informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared "a candid photograph","a candid interview"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • Candid Free from undue bias; disposed to think and judge according to truth and justice, or without partiality or prejudice; fair; just; impartial; as, a candid opinion. "Candid and dispassionate men."
    • Candid Open; frank; ingenuous; outspoken.
    • Candid White. "The box receives all black; but poured from thence,
      The stones came candid forth, the hue of innocence."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first losing candidate in a US presidential election was Thomas Jefferson. He lost to John Adams. George Washington had been unopposed.
    • candid Bright; white.
    • candid Honest and frank; open and sincere; ingenuous; outspoken: of persons: as, to be candid with you, I think you are wrong.
    • candid Free from undue bias; fair; just; impartial: of persons or their acts: as, a candid view or construction.
    • candid Synonyms and Candid, Fair, Open, Frank, Ingenuous, Naïve, Sincere, unprejudiced, unbiased. The first seven words apply to the spirit, expression, or manner. The candid man is able to look impartially on both sides of a subject, especially giving due weight to arguments or opinions opposed to his own, and due credit to the motives of opponents; candid speech is essentially the same as frank speech, sometimes going so far as to be blunt. Fair belongs primarily to conduct, but in regard to speech and thought it is the same as candid: as, a man preëminently fair in dealing with opposing views. Open is opposed to concealment; the open man does not cultivate a politic reserve, but expresses his opinions freely, without stopping to think of their effect upon his own interests. Frank, literally, free; the freedom may be in regard to one's own opinions, which is the same as openness, or in regard to things belonging to others, where the freedom may go so far as to be unpleasant, or it may disregard conventional ideas as to reticence. Hence, while openness Is consistent with timidity, frankness implies some degree of boldness. Ingenuous implies a permanent moral quality, an elevated inability to be other than honest or open, even to one's own loss; there is a peculiar subjective cast to the word, as though the man stood most in awe of the disapprobation of his own judgment and conscience; hence the close connection between ingenuousness and modesty. Naive expresses a real or an assumed unconsciousness of the way in which one's words meet conventional rules, or of the construction which may be put upon them by others; naïveté is thus an openness or frankness proceeding from native or assumed simplicity or artlessness. Sincere expresses the spirit and language that go with the love of truth; the sincere man is necessarily candid and fair, and as open and frank as seems required by truth.
    • candid Pure; clear; fair.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Virginia Code (1930) has a statute: "To prohibit corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than candidates."
    • adj Candid kan′did frank, ingenuous: free from prejudice: fair, impartial
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  • John Larroquette
    John Larroquette
    “A few years back I was more a candidate for skid row bum than an Emmy. If I hadn't stopped [drinking], I'd be playing handball with John Belushi right now.”
  • Gore Vidal
    “Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “The election is not very far off when a candidate can recognize you across the street.”
  • Jay Leno
    Jay Leno
    “If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.”
  • H. Ross Perot
    “Which one of the three candidates would you want your daughter to marry?”
  • Lionel Trilling
    “Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. candide,cf. It. candido,), L. candidus, white, fr. candēre, to be of a glowing white; akin to accendĕre, incendĕre, to set on fire, Skr. chand, to shine. Cf. Candle Incense
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. candide—L. candidus, white—cand-ēre, to shine.


In literature:

Then the convention takes up the nomination of candidates.
"Citizenship" by Emma Guy Cromwell
Of course, when the candidate is a pretty woman, it is another story.
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
He was dressed, not like a candidate for immortality, but in the pink of contemporary perfection.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
He never failed to carry the county in politics, even when Elbert had a candidate of her own for Congress.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
And what is the reason that you will not candidly acknowledge to him as you have to others that he has squared the circle shall I tell you?
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
The leaders of the Catholic Association determined on the bold policy of putting forward a candidate to contest the seat.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
It looks at the qualifications of the candidate not from a scientific but from a moral point of view.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
In the same year the abolition of the land qualification introduced rich commercial candidates to the constituencies.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The Opposition candidate had no chance.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
An expediency candidate, acceptable to the South, was found in Franklin Pierce, who had fought in the war with Mexico.
"Stephen Arnold Douglas" by William Garrott Brown

In poetry:

Work for God and one another,—
Work with zeal!
Be candid with your brother;—
Life—life is real!
"Life’s Struggle" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
O moralizers, it is hard
When I am not a candidate
For holy wedlock's offices,
That mother has picked me out a mate,
"November" by John Crowe Ransom
And if, by repeating, I took
Your time, I will candidly vow
This moral (the last in the book)
Has never been published till now!
"Envoi" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
The clear young eyes' soft look, the candid brow,
The fragrant hair,
Falling as through the silence falleth now
Dusk of the air.
"Tutto è Sciolto" by James Joyce
Il Vespro e` l'incubo--della mia splendida
Musa, che inebbriasi--di ardenti cantici
Allor che in candide--nebbiose bende
L'alba risplende;
"Sera" by Ferdinando Fontana
There, in apartments small and damp,
The candidate for college prizes
Sits poring by the midnight lamp;
Goes late to bed, yet early rises.
"Granta: A Medley" by Lord George Gordon Byron

In news:

Congressman and former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul says why he isn't giving either candidate his endorsement.
In the kickoff contest of the 2012 presidential race, Republican candidates argued up to the finish line in Iowa over which candidate is a conservative that voters can trust and who they can defeat President Barack Obama.
A Board of Education candidates' forum held Thursday at the Demarest School included all seven candidates in the Nov 6 election, including an independent and one incumbent.
The candidates hoping to represent Brazos County in the Texas House of Representatives met Monday in a candidates forum .
On October 20, 2004, KERA produced a broadcast debate between Congressional candidates Martin Frost and Pete Sessions that focused heavily on the candidates' perspectives on the economy.
1st Congressional District candidate Allen Quist (left) listens to Tim Walz during a debate between the two candidates Tuesday at Minnesota State University's Ostrander Auditorium.
Goldwater of Arizona, the recklessly candid Republican Presidential candidate who founded the modern conservative political movement in America, died yesterday at his home in Paradise Valley, a suburb of Phoenix.
Goldwater , the recklessly candid Republican Presidential candidate who founded the modern conservative political movement in America, died on Friday in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
CORPUS CHRISTI — Eight days before Election Day, campaign finance reports filed by City Council candidates show spending has reached new heights as candidates enter the home stretch .
Read a candidate biography on Steve Pearce Read a candidate biography on Evelyn Madrid Erhard Editor's note: This is part of an ongoing series of stories the Sun-News will run daily looking at the local races in the upcoming election.
No Loomis Town Council candidates have received any money from developers, according to the campaign contribution reports filed by candidates with the town of Loomis.
An extended version of our 1st District forum with Rep David Cicilline, D-R. Republican candidate Brendan Doherty and independent candidate.
Nez Perce County candidates running for a position in the November General Election addressed the community Tuesday night in Lewiston in a public candidate forum.
Reluctant candidate Dee Smith vs candidate- in-waiting John Swallow.
Democratic candidate for Governor Jay Inslee, left, and Republican candidate Rob McKenna, right, take part in a debate, Thursday, Oct 11, 2012, in Seattle.

In science:

QSOs to be selected as candidates, we kept only those faint high-z candidates which passed as candidates using more than one two-color cut.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Our candidate list contained many UV-excess ob jects and high-z candidates not in any of the lists of LPIF.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
The unconfirmed UVX QSO candidates are listed in Table 3, and the unconfirmed high-z candidates are listed in Table 4.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
At the same time that string theory has been replaced by M-theory as the most natural candidate for a fundamental description of the world, the string itself has also lost its position as the main candidate for a fundamental degree of freedom.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
One might alternatively use lower PN-order templates in the early stage(s) to obtain a coarse estimate of (a subset of ) candidate-event source parameters, and then use the best-available higher PN-order templates for a refined high-Γ search in the neighbourhood(s) of the candidate source(s) sieved in the first step.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates